Exhortations

Thoughts and Mind

Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? Why am I here? Why are you here? Why are we here? Why am I here today and gone tomorrow? Have we asked these questions to ourselves and others? Is it the mind asking our mind,  or is it our thought asking our mind?

The mind stores the collection of knowledge; when we lack knowledge, our thoughts start seeking an answer. Thoughts linger in our imaginative intelligence and could be working hard to bring an unsettling idea to process and make it exist. When the idea is too complex to process, we seek help from a more knowledgeable mind.

Thoughts and ideas are interchangeably used in this world of reasoning and assumptions. Due to our limited awareness, we cannot fully control our thoughts, but we can always redirect our thinking to a more positive and happy future. Our thinking then goes back into our brains with a more optimistic vision. 

Lack of good imagination will only define that life is entirely of pain and suffering, a struggle to make ends meet; worries, fear, and anxiety only make life longer and feel like a journey without end; yet it is too short when life is entirely of enjoyable meanings.

Our parents reared us the best way they could, gave us the best life they thought we could have, and even introduced us to God and taught us to love God with all our hearts. They are not even jealous if we have more respect for God. They would even say: “Who we are in human eyes is less important than who we are in God’s eyes?”

The Bible often speaks about the power of the mind and our thoughts.

Joshua 1:7-8

 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous.”

Though God gave this passage only to the Israelites, it is also a universal message that if we do these things, we will communicate with God and reignite our relationship. So, if you think your mind is rejecting it, give it a second thought. Yes, Christians are not under the Law of Moses but under grace. However, they should not take advantage to gain for their own good to prosper and be successful in life.

Let us try to change our mindset about the Law and Grace. They go hand in hand. Be strong and courageous to stand on the truth, and follow your heart as the Bible guides you. The Old Testament was written for our instruction, and the Ten Commandments of God stand for our sake. Meditate on the Word of God day and night, and do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth because you think God’s saving grace is good enough.

Be mindful and thoughtful that God is in control; He is our all in all!!

God Bless.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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