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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Think (09/02/10)

TITLE: "And what do you think?"
By Ramona Cook


Think. Think, now that is a multifaceted word. It has many meanings, such as the word “love” has many meanings and shades of variation.

My oldest son had severe bio- chemical disturbances that caused his brain to do strange things for him at times, and he was in the hospital at this particular time, (which he called a civil prison.) While we were visiting one day, he told me that he was going to become a psychiatrist. I said that would be nice, but he must remember that he would have to go to medical school and then have two years of specialty training. He answered, “Oh no Mama, you don’t have to do all that; all you have to have is a coupon to hang on the wall and know how to say, “And what do you think?”

“What do you think,” about what? There are so many things we do think of and about. I think I will invite us to just hang out on some of the various functions of the word, “think.”

The Bible says that, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Isn’t thinking all for the brain?
I guess not.

In my head I can think, imagine, plan, visualize, ponder, and many other such engagements. I can bring them into a state of being by reason and action. In my heart the thoughts become a matter of acceptance or “believing” the things about which I have thought and spoken. In a process of evolving, those things become a product of the word “faith.” Be aware that faith is not applied for only good things. We can also apply faith to bring about bad things, negative things, all by what we think, and speak and consequently enact. It is obvious that it matters a great deal that we think pure, clean, honest, thoughts. Is that not what the Apostle Paul says to us? “Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely; whatsoever things are of a good report, THINK on these things.” The process is, very obviously, that what we think goes deeper than just the parameters of our brains in our craniums. It seems that it spills out into our hearts, and then we become those things we think about.

It is an interesting discovery to find that I can know what is in my heart by listening to what comes out of my mouth. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,” says the Bible. Did it not start by what I allowed my brain to think?

As a child I learned to ride a bicycle. I learned that wherever I looked, my bike went there. If you wonder where you are going, notice what you are thinking about. If there is somewhere you want to go, some goal you have in your sights, then notice what you are thinking about. God has made us to be creative beings, even as He is creative. That would be the reason He cautions and informs us about the importance of what we think upon.

“And what do you think?”

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/11/10
The last paragraph was really powerful for me. There was a glitch in my reader so I couldn't read some parts but the ending really touched me.
Esther Gellert09/15/10
This is a very thought provoking entry. Thankyou for sharing with us.

It's very frustrating for a writer when the code for italics/bold/etc doesn't work properly. I know it took me quite awhile to figure out how to get it right. Maybe this page will be helpful in future: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3697.
Emily Ritter09/16/10
I think the heart of what you wrote came after your verse. The top part seems like it may belong in a separate entry. Thank you for the bike analogy; it is very helpful for remembering how this scripture can be lived.