October 27, 2010
I don't think I discipline my thinking enough. I am sitting here in my office on this beautiful day and have stolen a few moments by shutting my office door, turning the worship music up, opening my Bible, and I'm finding myself doing what I don't do enough of - Disciplined Thinking. As I sit here staring out at the majestic Mount Rainier, I realize that I let too much of what is going on outside of me direct my thoughts and rule what I think about. There is something powerful that happens when we take time to sit, and in the presence of God and with the counsel of God's Word, just sit and think.
It is precisely what Paul commanded us to do in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
The problem I have is that doesn't happen in me naturally; I have to commit myself to it, demand it of myself, and yes even force myself to sit and Think rightly. The closing of the door, the turning on of the worship, the opening of the Bible all make that happen.
So, close some doors today and find a spot - maybe with the view of the mountain (act quickly - you can see it today), and THINK.