I’m always interested in what others think of God and so it is that I convey the thoughts of some top thinkers today.
The beginning of power is consciously opening our minds to God and being receptive to his presence, his spirit, his voice and his will. Charles L. Allen
To know God is to live. Leo Tolstoy
Never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations. (Our Daily Bread Magazine 2010)
I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details. — Albert Einstein
People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him. Pearl Bailey
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” Abraham Lincoln
I’ll leave it at that and perhaps visit this subject another time.
We sometimes think that change can be detrimental to our lives when in fact it can be very good for us. I’m thinking mostly of changes we make in ourselves and our thinking. It is interesting how scripture speaks of change. Happy Sunday
Be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Romans 12:2
If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly…Jeremiah 7:5
Unless you change…Matthew 18:3
We will all be changed…1 Corinthians 15:51
To be made new in the attitudes of your minds…Ephesians 4:23
And then there’s the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Sometimes our thoughts can make or break our mood. I have had to change my way of thinking many times in my lifetime for the simple reason that some thoughts were not only detrimental to my psyche but also to my health.
Now, whenever unwelcome thoughts invade my mind I make a concerted effort to think about Philippians 4:8:
….whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
It’s called thinking good thoughts. Happy Sunday.
How often do we talk about thinking in our daily lives? More than we think…as follows:
“What was I thinking of?”
“What do you think?”
“I didn’t think of it that way!”
“Oh, just thinking out loud.”
“A penny for your thoughts…”
“Hold that thought!”
“I was lost in thought.”
“I wasn’t thinking clearly.”
And then there is that ‘train of thought’.
I think we spend more time thinking than we think we do, and that’s a good thought.
‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you‘re right. Henry Ford
‘The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.’ Christopher Hitchens
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them. Albert Einstein
“I think and think and think. I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” Jonathan Safran Foer
Don’t just think, ponder. Roy T. Bennett
“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” Thomas A. Edison
I think, therefore I am. René Descartes
“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” Lao Tzu
I think that’s it for today.
Thinking is a valuable and fun pastime. Here are a few thoughts for today:
Every moment that we are aware of the gift of simply being, with or without activity, is well lived. Catherine Ingram
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Einstein
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato
Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. Epicurus
Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Epictetus
Other things to think about: things we cannot see…air, wind, nothing.
Empty space is not really empty, it is filled with air.
After taking some time off from writing, I’m back on the page with something I did a few years ago under the above title.
What is it like to be a spiritual being having a human experience? From my point of view it couldn’t be better. When Spirit takes over, changes are made to our humanness. As St. Paul says in Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This can mean many things to many people. For me it meant a complete mental housecleaning.
The ego is the first to go. It clutters up the thinking process, always trying to be number one. Does being number one really matter? If so, to whom does it matter? The ego of course. Ego being what it is would not understand taking a back seat to an insult. Was the insult really meant to hurt us or was it intended to rid that person of his/her own hurt? A spiritual being would see beyond the actual act and not react in a way that would be harmful to the antagonizer. The spiritual being sees with the heart, feels with the heart, and tries to get to the true heart of matters.
Super sensitivity must be eliminated. It is good to be sensitive when it keeps us aware of our surroundings, the needs of others, and our own fragility when dealing with extraneous forces. However, to be super sensitive can be debilitating, causing us needless hurt when we take uncalled-for remarks too personally and dwell on them until our senses no longer have room for sensibility. The spiritual being allows for hurts and loves anyway.
Judgement is the next to go. This means allowing others to have and speak their own beliefs without jumping in and telling them where they are wrong (in our opinion of course). It means accepting the person not the deed when an unkind act has been committed. The spiritual being recalls the admonition in scripture, “do not judge or you too will be judged”. (Matthew 7:1 NIV)
Next on the list is eliminating bad habits. For me it was giving up swearing, smoking, and among others, procrastination. (I made a New Year resolution on this one but put it off until the next year.) All this is a cleansing procedure which helps to open us to our higher good.
All in all, spiritual beings recognize human weakness and prompt each other to become the best we can be by overcoming.
That’s my take on this spiritual thing. What’s yours?
I heard a radio program on Saturday that really made me stop and think about how some words come about…like the following:
How did a head be come a noggin…
A breast become a boob…
An abdomen become a belly…
A stomach become a gut…
A hand become a paw…
Buttocks become a bum…
Navel become a belly button…
A mouth become a yap…
An elbow become a funny bone…
The little finger become a pinky…
A nose become a schnoz…
I’ll call the end of this a wrap and could probably think of many more examples but I’m sure you get the gist…got some words you’d like to talk about?
One of my favorite poets, Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931) author of The Prophet, penned the following:
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
This is such a profound truth that it gave me almost instant relief from a sadness I was experiencing, because it made so much sense.
I believe I have posted a couple of Gibran’s quotes at one time or another and will do so again in the next day or two.
There are some people I know who are going through difficult problems right now…cancer, depression, severe arthritis, and other maladies. Today Isaiah 40:31 comes to mind when I think and pray for them. In spite of everything, they still will manage to have a…Happy Sunday.
“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31