|What Were They Thinking??|
When some masterpiece of stupidity occurs our first response is often, “What were you thinking.”
These great events happen all around us with greater or lesser consequences.
If we would dare to personalize this we would say, “What was I thinking.”
As a young boy I was sitting in a truck waiting for my uncles to return from a meeting they were attending and lo I saw the keys were in the ignition.
After many mental gyrations I reach over and turned the key. A moment later me and the truck were half way under the building in front of where the truck was parked.
Luckily my uncles bailed me out by repairing the damage I had done to the premises.
I have since blanked out their remarks to me but it was along the line of, “What were you thinking” only in much more severe terms.
The newspaper tomorrow will have several articles that fit in this same category. You will ask yourself, “What were they thinking?” It was if their common sense had flown the coop.
This reminds me of a story I heard several years ago about a rooster whose head was cut off but continued living for many days. As the story goes he would stand up as tall as he could and flap his wings and try to crow. (I have placed a link at the bottom if you wish to check it out)
This story reminds me of the way people act sometimes as if their head had stopped functioning and they were acting out of habitual instinct.
Since most of us operate this way to a greater or lesser degree it behooves us to have all our ducks in order so to speak. This especially applies to those who claim to be Christian.
The Apostle Paul addressed this issue over and again especially in the book of Ephesians.
He emphasized eight words that we should plumb the depths of and grasp the full meaning implied by them.
“According to the power that works in us.”
It is easy to forget or ignore that there is a power working within us full time. This power saved us, and is keeping us, delivering us and securing constant forgiveness through the grace given to us.
When we partner up with this power and let it direct us in paths of righteousness there will be far less, “What was I thinking” moments.
We see and hear of our brethren doing what should be unthinkable and we wonder, “Why?”
Our leaders often escort the way into unrighteousness and as Paul said on another occasion, “Brethren these things ought not to be.”
It is most important to understand the difference between suggestions and commandments when it comes to the Word of GOD.
If any be unsure of what GOD desires you to do and how to live the Christian life then there is good news for you. You can avail yourself of this information in an hour or less by reading the book of Ephesians.
You put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Yes Ephesians says it all. It is a you do it, set of instructions that comes with the promise of help.
You can do it because of the power that is working on and in you or you can do the Christian version of a chicken with its head cut off.