Thought for the day – Saturday 30 May

Thought for the day - Saturday 30 May
Dear All
Sit back and relax, put your feet up and empty your mind completely, this incidentally, reminds me of a workmate of years ago in the shipyards. At lunchtime, ‘dinner time ‘ in those days, he said: “Jim, I’m just nipping out to the pub to clear my mind”, it worked a treat, he came back four hours later and his mind was a blank.
Now, where was I? Yes, you are relaxed with your feet up and now I’m going to put you to sleep. This usually works on a Sunday so I’m not sure if it’ll work just now but I’ll give it a try anyway. Imagine I have a gold pocket watch in my hand and I’m swinging it gently before your eyes, follow it with your eyes and breathe deeply, breathe deeeeeeeeeppplyyyyyy. Relaaaaaaaaxxxxxxx
As you keep your eyes on the watch shining and swinging with a quiet tik tok tik tok tik tok, think of all your worries numbered on a large sheet of paper……… the waààaaatch swinginnnnng gently is helping you toòooo. Sorry! I nodded off there.
Yes! it is a fact that our minds get ‘cluttered’ with worries, anxieties, pain, concerns, work, regret, guilt and what will happen in the future and so on. Thinking of these things it’s surprising anyone can sleep at night with such a troubled mind.
I started my message today in jest. I like to jest and laugh because it makes me feel good. Laughter is good for the mind as there are comicals, oh! I mean chemicals released in your brain when you do so, a bit like feeling good after a workout, ‘ahhhh that was good’ we say.
What’s all this got to do with Paul and the Philippians you’re wondering, well not a lot really, with the exception of what he says about ‘being of the same mind’.
Paul is not talking about mind control, persuasive tricks and techniques to get us to do what we don’t want to do, but rather encouraging us to be united in thought and deed as brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
Incidentally, hypnotism will not make you do anything you don’t want to do. Psychiatrists tell us that those who become ‘victims’ of stage shows are compliant individuals who want to do what is asked of them. They actually want to ‘cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog. It’s just ‘playing the game’. If you don’t normally ‘cluck like like a chicken’ you’re not going to start doing so just because someone commands you. You won’t do it if you don’t want to.
The passage we are considering today is known as the ‘Philippian Hymn’ and Paul is encouraging us to see in Jesus Christ the example of how we should treat one another. Humility is at the heart of Paul’s thought and message. He sees in Jesus, a man, ‘who though in the form of God did not count equality with God.’ Jesus is described as ’emptying himself’ and taking the form of a servant. We too are to be willing servants one of another, this should be our ‘mindset’.
God has given us free will to think and act as we wish. None of us are compelled to do what we don’t want to do and God respects our choice. We want to be of the same mind because we need one another and belong together. I think of you all each day and count it my humble privilege to write to you. I trust that as each day passes it will be a day nearer to us being united not only in thought but in person.

 

We are united in faith and belief in Jesus Christ who is our Redeemer and Friend.

Today I ask you think/meditate on these things.
God bless you!

Jim

JBoag@churchofscotland.org.uk

PHILIPPIANS 2: 5-11

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

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