The other morning as I drove to work (always one of my special quiet times to pray), I was behind a large truck for quite some time. Within a bright yellow background across the back panel of this truck was written one word in big, bold, black letters: THINK.
THINK. Nothing else was written. Just THINK. And so I did. And as I started thinking, I was first reminded of what God tells us about His own thoughts and ways:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
And through the Apostle Paul, our God tells us what we should put our time, energy and effort into thinking about:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
As we choose, intentionally and actively, to think about such things, our thoughts, attitudes and perspective will be lifted out of, and away from, our own worry and hurt, our busyness and frustration, our sense of entitlement and our self-centered focus. When we make an effort to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, our thoughts are lifted higher and closer to the thoughts of our God. It is then that we, more quickly and more often, will have our minds filled with the things that really matter in the grand scheme of eternity: Life itself. Every breath we are given. The people we love. The people who love us. Every moment and experience, every encounter and revelation we have that give us a sense of God’s love and peace, God’s hope and kindness, God’s goodness and mercy, God’s beauty and magnificence – with us and around us.
As we choose, intentionally and actively, to think about such things, so, too, will our ways – our words, actions, reactions and interactions – be lifted higher and closer to the ways of our God. All that we spend more and more of our time, energy and effort thinking about will be clearly reflected in all that we do.
Let’s THINK! Let’s be deeply transformed into the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus – in our innermost being and in our outermost expression.
Ahhhhh! Such wisdom from God – as told by a truck!