Thought for the…
‘Thought for the day’ is a familiar phrase, especially amongst Christians.
I was contemplating this phrase.
What – only one thought for a whole day?
Is that ‘a thought’, as in a theme for the day?
Maybe I should be fare and admit that it can also read: ‘Thoughts for the day’ (Plural).
‘Thoughts for this day’ – like now – what thoughts, should we be having, in our present day, as we pass through this strange year of Covid?
Is there good thoughts we might have missed?
Thinking is usually preferred over mindless behaviour.
Bringing us to the phrase: ‘Mindless aggression’. Suggesting someone who wants to be mad at the world regardless of any restraining thoughts offered by others to assuage their anger.
Aggression where the voice of conscience is drowned-out in unrestrained abuse, heaped on anyone who stands in the way. We see plenty of that in society – do we not?
Thoughts for the day – hmm – how about: ‘love your neighbour as yourself?’
Or ‘humble yourself under God’s mighty hand’?
Or ‘turn the other cheek’ when struck?
I played the part of Lentulus a Roman courtier, in Androcles and the Lion, by G.B. Shaw, a school production – back in the day.
“Do you turn the other cheek when they strike you?” I said to Androcles in my snivelling cowardly voice tapping him weakly on the cheek, with trepidation, per chance he didn’t agree with turning the other cheek, after all.
The play suggesting (in my view) that such ‘turn the other cheek’ behaviour caused consternation, or incredulity. Lentulus looking for some kind of explanation for such extraordinary behaviour.
Who wants tested on turning the other cheek?
But to return good for evil is certainly ‘a thought for the day’ worth embracing.
Thoughts for the day – I marvel at how many thoughts we think in just one – 24 hr. – day.
God also thinks continuously. The difference is –
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Higher thoughts – for the day.
If His thoughts are higher, then there is no point in looking to understand them – using our lower thoughts (minds), alone.
How about having the thought of embracing His ‘higher thoughts’, for our ‘thought-for-the-day?’
Open the book (Bible) anywhere and meditate thereon – and you will find higher thoughts entering the realm of your lower mind.