French philosopher, Rene Descartes, is well-known for his statement “Cogito ergo sum.” In English, it reads “I think, therefore I am.” I got to thinking about this and I did a little research. One definition of a thought is to weave, another to fabricate. Therefore, from conception a thought has the power to cause us to imagine. Imagine means to mold into a form, or to squeeze into a shape. Think of a potter molding clay. In essance, a thought is a shaper. It shapes. It conforms us. God’s Word tells us not to be conformed, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (our thoughts.) Romans 12:2. What I think is what I will become. Where did thinking originate? If you take this to a natural conclusion the only one who could think something into existance is God. Quite literally, He thought us into existance. I think this is very profound.
I was at a book singing yesterday, and privy to many mini conversations. I have a new children’s book, and one set of proud grandparents spent over ten minutes telling me how great and wonderful their grandchild was. I smiled because I is one. And we love to tell anyone who will listen about our grandchildren. As I contemplated afterwards, I wondered if we would spend ten minutes telling others how great and wonderful is our God. In the news recently there have been stories about a physicist NOT being awarded a nobel prize because he called his discovery the God Particle. You see this is not politically correct. The God particle is also known as the Higgs boson particle and Isaac Newton believed it existed, but now this sub-atomic particle can actually be seen, however briefly. In Hebrews 11:3 we find these words. “The worlds were formed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen, were not made of things which are visible.” The Bible was right all along. God’s hand is on everything he created. But wait there’s more. There is a family of proteins called Laminin. Laminin literally is the “glue” that holds particles together. Col. 1:17 reads “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Okay, so Laminin holds you and me together. Why is that important? Look closer. Within this glue-like substance is a cross. God’s stamp of approval, if you will, just waiting to be discovered. Wow! I challenge you to take ten minutes today to tell someone how great and wonderful is our God!
I love to do word studies. When I hear a word that is new to me, I will go to the dictionary to find out all of its meanings. I will then endeavor to try to use it in conversation soon afterword. This increases vocabulary, which is great for one who writes. I often find the media misuses words. I think this occurs because the person has also heard a word new to them and they don’t take the time to research the word. One word that has come to the forefront in the past year is disingenuous. I hear that word so much that is becoming boring. Like sheep following sheep! In doing a word study recently, I came across a scripture in Proverbs 18:21. It reads “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Wow, does that mean what I speak out of my mouth can bring life or death? Actually, yes! I can speak life to a situation or death to the same situation. For example, I often hear the expression “It scared me to death.” I have to reply,” then why are you still living?” I think the right expression should be “It scared me to life!” More accurate, don’t you think? Another common expression is “I’m fixing to catch a cold.” You can be sure that person will get a cold because they spoke it into existence. My word study led me to James 3:10, which reads “Out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing.” How true this is. How many of you have cursed a car that is acting up or a computer, which has just swallowed your masterpiece. I wonder what would happen if we praised the situation instead. I would love to hear reports of what happens if we praise instead of curse when things go awry.