Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Today I was walking and I saw a bumper sticker that said: “Don’t believe everything you think.” I really had to think about this one for a few minutes. My thoughts are scattered half the time, but what I have found to be helpful is not basing every thought as fact and finding room to question, even question all my thoughts. When I do this, I find that I seem to get a lot out of questioning things than actually having answers. I have always thought that when one is open to discuss what they ‘think’, it is always based on their opinion and the way they process. Or when someone is in conversation and you say, ‘I think’ means like maybe or perhaps. I like that one better, not knowing for sure and always being open to two or three different possibilities. I have a hard time basing my thoughts and opinions out there like it is the truth and nothing but the truth, because if someone out there finds opposition in what I ‘think’, things could get hairy real fast. I tend to be shy of conflict but I am not saying that people shouldn’t have the freedom to speak their minds and what they believe, but I think the quote really says it all. I think our thinking changes with time, and in this journey I can’t say that I think the same as I used to, quite differently actually. I don’t think that I have now arrived either; I am still learning and thinking. It is a huge process that will probably last my entire life and I think that is a HUGE part of this journey. Thinking is a big reason why I like to go walking. I really get lost in thought when I am out in nature, breathing fresh air and become overwhelmed in thought. I think it’s like a release of pressure and angst for me to be able to think while I walk. I don’t know, but it is something I really enjoy. I think Father has given me thoughts and processed feelings to find the truth, but not everything I have thought of before is based on truth or what I believe. Yeah, I just let the skeleton out of the closet and confessed that I am not perfect, nor are my thoughts. I think this is when the H.P comes in and helps guide my thoughts and confirms truth in my heart, and that is where my beliefs are anyways.


Bino M. said...

I have heard this quote:

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

I don't necessarily agree with that at least in light of where I am today. But I used to do this (rearranging my prejudices) when I was religious. My thoughts came from 'others'.
I fully believe that God gives us thoughts, but this happens when we are in a relationship with Him (a Person). But in religion our relationship is not with a person but a system (set of beliefs), so all we could do there was 'rearrange' things the religion teaches and mistake it for 'thinking'.

Amy said...

Love this. I can really relate. Especially to:

"...I can’t say that I think the same as I used to, quite differently actually."

In this journey of life, I personally feel that my thinking has grown. I have "changed" my mind in certain areas, or grown in wisdom, etc. I agree with you, that it's good to keep an open mind in this life. Yet, having said that, there are also the "Absolute Truths" the Holy Spirit confirms to us in our hearts. I think it really is a matter of "listening" to the heart, yet at the same time, being open to what others say. I think the Holy Spirit works within what others show or tell us when we need to learn something.

I'm convinced that we are students for life. We are always learning.

Great blog, again, Nicole!

~Amy :)

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