Reading The Melbourne herald sun’s comic page on May 13th I was quite taken by the Fred Basset comic strip. It was a very simple two- panel one.
The first Panel had an illustration of the dog out in a wet and miserable day with rain falling heavily and water everywhere, and he/Fred says in a thought Bubble, “Here’s my thought for today!” And in the next panel, while he is still standing outside in the wet, inside the thought bubble is an illustration of him stretched out nice and comfortable on a couch in front of a roaring fire.
I thought then that this is often so very typical of most of our thoughts isn’t it? That most of our daily thinking is often taken up with our daily living and often our thoughts don’t get a chance to rise far above that, do they?
In the Bible in Philippians chapter four, verses eight to nine, it says “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about* these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Again great advice, but how often do we do that as opposed to the Fred type thoughts of just immediate comfort instead? Something for all of us to think on I think. Yes, you may not like the God references here, but the advice still stands firm, (even if to a lesser degree) in ordinary life too. And that advice is that we need to stop thinking of all the Bad things that have or might happen, and to start focusing on the Good things instead. And then, not just thinking about them, but actually putting them into practise as best we can.
Getting back to Fred above, just thinking about the fire will not get him there, will it? No! He still has to move from where he currently is, in the direction of where he wants to be; otherwise all it will ever be is a thought, and not a reality.
So, where are your thoughts focused today? Just on getting by in life? Or on the good and right things of life? And what are you doing about those good thoughts now? Still just thinking on them? Or moving in their direction as best and as fast as you can?
Over to you now for your action.