Just think, former procrastinators. Thinking takes time so it’s easy to put off. Sometimes we don’t want to grapple with a thought that keeps niggling at our minds, so we keep ourselves too busy to think.
Thinking through an issue is item number three we’re tackling this month – a third way we can enjoy freedom. It continues our theme of looking ahead and preparing.
So what is there to think about? That’s between you and the Lord, your family, job, situation. Often there’s an issue in our lives that requires thoughtful consideration, something that remains unsettled in our hearts or circumstances. It’s something we’ve put off thinking about because we lack time or courage to deal with it.
It could be anything: Should we change art teachers? Change schools? Change jobs? Do we allow our 16 year old to buy a car? What about letting our daughter date? Do I downsize from this house? What does that Bible verse mean? What is truth about this social issue?
Some things that require rumination I try to handle while running around. In contrast, I was taught that when I meditate on a Bible verse I should be like a cow chewing her cud. Take time to ponder it, not rushing to conclusions. Have you ever seen a cow running across the pasture while chewing? Granddaddy had a dairy; cows don’t do that. Stop. Chew on it. Think it through.
Start with scripture and prayer. Research and seek counsel. But think.
Even if we don’t resolve a matter to our complete satisfaction, it’s helpful to make progress by devoting attention to it. Name it, face it, study and contemplate it. Doing so lifts a load. Plus, thinking through an issue is a privileged part of parenting, leading, being an ambassador of God.
What issue will you think through this week?