It has been said
that the thought is the father of the deed. This is so. No
one ever robbed a bank without first thinking, ”I’m going
to rob a bank.” Every act, every crime, every good deed is
first a thought and then a fact.
It may sound over
simplified but all we have to do in order to do right is learn
to think right. Good thinking brings good deeds and evil thinking
evil ones. If we would improve our actions we must improve
our thinking. It is no wonder that Paul admonished us saying,
”Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things.”
The world is not
thinking right nowadays, which is obvious because there is
so much crime, violence, sex perversion etc. Wrong thinking
leads to wrong doing just as surely as day follows night.
All one has to do is pass by a magazine counter to see the
kind of filth and junk that people are buying and reading.
Today’s movies vividly portray corruption. Filling minds with
this kind of garbage will only lead to wrong thinking which
results in wrong doing.
One alarmed writer
expressed his concern over the fact that the leaders of the
world today are feeding their stomachs with the best steaks
money can buy and their minds with garbage. The body would
die of malnutrition if it was fed with the same kind of trash
that men and women today feed their minds. No wonder the world
is in such a mess. They aren’t thinking right; they can’t
possibly then do right.
We are surrounded
by evil influences on every side. We must put on blinders
like they put on a race horse so that he will not be distracted
by those around him and concentrate upon the goal of running
a straight course to the finish line. We are in a life and
death race, and if we look from side to side at the things
going on in the world we are going to be slowed down in our
effort to gain the kingdom.
Stating the answer
to the problem is simple. Doing it is another thing. If only
we will fill our minds with God, think and meditate upon Him
and His promises we will automatically do the right thing.
We will love mercy and do justly and walk humbly. We just
will – if our mind is fixed on Him. This is why Isaiah said
”Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed
Yes, our lives
will be peaceful and serene. None of the problems of the world
will get through to perturb us if we are filled with the spirit
word of God. It will be wonderful, but will we do it? Will
we turn off the TV and do the readings? Will we visit the
sick and fatherless and try to cheer them up instead of taking
in a movie? Will we write a letter to someone in isolation
rather than thumb idly through the pages of a current magazine?
Will we listen to a tape of an exhortation or class from Bible
School instead of the nothing that is on the radio? How in
the world are we ever going to learn to think right if all
we ever hear is the world talking to us?
Yes, the thought
is the father of the deed and our thoughts will determine
what we do and what Christ will say to us upon His return.
Let’s hope we are among that happy group who ”spake often
one to another: and the Lord hearkened and heard it and a
book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared
the Lord and that thought upon his name.”