POINTS TO PONDER

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Here are some intriguing quotes made over the years. Take a moment and ponder them to see if you agree.

The formula for success: under promise and over deliver. – Tom Peters

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. – Max DePree

Forgiveness is of high value, yet it costs nothing. – Unknown

Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it. – Cathy Hopkins

Drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling. – Lucretius

Innovative thoughts and deep thinking is not something we usually do until something provokes us to do so. It’s the difference in what we see when we look at things with the natural eye and look at them again through a telescope or microscope. Just casually peering at things is easy to do, but looking at them more intensely takes time and effort. For me, the question is, do I really want to know all there is to know about a certain thing.

King David, in the Bible, wanted to know more about God, so he wrote that while laying down on his bed at night he meditates on God.1 Another Psalmist says that he does the same thing by eagerly pondering all of God’s handiwork that he sees in the sky and on the land.2 The prophet Jeremiah recommended meditation because the heart can be treacherous when it becomes desperate.3 And the Apostle James says that meditation can help us control our mind because when improper things are allowed to roam freely, it can start in our passions that quickly gets out of control.

So accordingly to the Bible, we are encouraged to meditate on things that are true, righteous, pure, lovable, well-spoken-of, virtuous, and praiseworthy.4 For when we take in such fine thoughts and “sow” them in our mind, we will reap a harvest of beautiful qualities, gracious speech, and warm relationships with others.5 Years ago I read in a book where it said, Prayer is a good form of relaxation that can lead to meditation. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Psalm 63:6

2 Psalm 143:5

3 Jeremiah 17:9

4 Philippians 4:8-9

5 Colossians 4:6

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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