Thinking About Thinking
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, notable, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
Think about it.
But not too much.
How much of our limited energy and capacity is spent toward something so futile? We can’t possibly know all the thoughts in someone’s mind. Heck, do we even understand our own thinking? And I know whenever I predict what someone is or was thinking, especially in regard to me, I’m usually wrong anyway. A mind reader I shall never be.
I’ve thought for a while how we are groomed to judge others in our culture here. In between sets at the gym, I walk around the magazine rack perusing the train wreck of glossy papers stapled together. So what if Bruce Jenner is cross dressing and possibly becoming a woman? What good does it do me or the world to take time speculating on his (her?) life?? Not only have I never met these people being gossiped about, I don’t even know anyone who knows them. I know nothing about them, their family, their childhood. So we’re not conditioned to love others as much as to judge them on the most minuscule of information. It’s like an evil game show: “OK, you know how it works, we’re gonna flash one sentence this person said, or one outfit they wore one day, and YOU judge their entire life based on that information! Let’s get started!!!”
How awful and ugly.
As Christians, are we called to love or to judge?
What’s a practical step we can take to become more loving? Well, we can turn our fruitless and impossible predictive thoughts into prayers for that person. Typically this changes my demeanor immediately. Pray for their good. For them to seek God with all their heart, and your judgement will most likely fade into “Stupid Land” where it belongs.
Look people, let’s be real, we can in no way at all know what has gone into and shaped a person over the journey that is their lifetime and has brought them to what they are thinking right now–even if we do know what they are thinking right now.
It’s best for us to pray for others to our God who does know everything in their heads, and to keep our thinking about thinking to our own thinking, which I think will do us well.
In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria