June 26, 2008

Think

You're sitting in the car. You're washing dishes. You're lying awake in bed. What is your mind doing?

My mind (if it isn't memorizing bible verses or poems) is thinking. Not just thinking about what I'm going to wear tomorrow, but actually pondering life's great questions.

For example, what is the root of irritation? I thought about this a while and found that people get irritated when someone's actions contradict your own plans, beliefs, or knowledge. So basically, the reason people get annoyed is selfishness.

Why think?

People applaud a documentary as "thought-provoking," comment that a book "makes me think." But why should we think? One answer is that expands your knowledge and makes you a fuller person. Another is simply for pleasure, or to avoid wasting time. Perhaps the strongest reason is that we should be able to understand the times- and that involves thinking though important issues. What do you think? Why is asking life's questions useful?

If you do decide to ask yourself questions, what do you do with them? One thing that I've found extremely useful is to write them in a little notebook, like Lord Kelvin.

George Mulfinger and Julia Mulfinger Orozco write of Lord Kelvin in Christian Men of Science:

[H]e started using a green notebook to jot down his thoughts- calculations, diagrams, or ideas for experiments and scientific papers. He got into the habit of carrying this little green notebook around with him all the time. ... Over one hundred of these green notebooks have been preserved and show the amazing versatility of his genius.

Think and write. Talk to others about your thoughts. Puzzle over questions together. And finally, once your thoughts are clear, speak! Use your ideas and insights and incidents of your life to bring glory to God.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the challenge. I'll try to think more earnestly...and then speak.