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Think About It

May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in Jehovah (Psalm 104:34)

So many thoughts enter our minds throughout the day. We think of food, work, and money. We have sexual thoughts, we fantasize about holidays, we dream of retirement and of inheriting a great legacy and so on. There are two questions that we must ask. First, are our thoughts pleasing to the Lord? Second, are our thoughts about the Lord? It is good to start the day with a time of prayer and meditation in the Word of God. But perhaps we feel that when the ‘God bit’ is out of the way, we will be free to let our minds roam aimlessly or actively pursue other things. It would be impossible to give all our day to meditating on God.

Even if we tried to do, this other thought would intrude. But thoughts of food must not become gluttony and hedonistic. Thoughts of work must not become selfish and ruthless ambition. Thoughts of money must not become an unhealthy obsession. Thoughts of sex must be wholesome and not become lustful. Fantasies must be moderate and restrained. Dreams must not distract us from fulfilling our duties. If our thoughts were audible to others, we would be careful and disciplined in our thinking. But our thoughts are known to the Lord. Do they please him? We need to set boundaries in our minds. We need to know the no-go zones. Thoughts are a minefield. Straying into forbidden territory can damage or destroy us. Those who are in love find their thoughts always turning to the one whom they love. They rejoice in such meditation. Let us fan the spark into a flame and build a bonfire of thoughts that burn warmly for God.

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