My Thoughts Convict Me

I read an essay in the news yesterday. Must have impacted my subconscious.

I woke up this morning with bad thoughts about political leadership, people who drink certain kinds of beer (that ad still rankles), and probably other negativity.

People of some religious persuasions like to use the term convicted. As in, “I was convicted.” As in, found guilty.

There it was in today’s email inbox, 300 Words a Day from Jon Swanson. Convicted

I am dissatisfied with the quality of reflection that I am hearing these days.

There is the kind of name calling that I find demeaning and diminishing of people. Words are chipped from blocks of ice and dropped with freezing precision on dreams and new ideas. Adjectives are measured into saucepans with tainted sugar, brought to a boil and then simmered until they are as sticky as caramel, bitter as aspirin. Then are they poured over naming nouns, forever modifying that one to “Foolish”, that one to “mindless” and that one to “bigoted”.

He reminds us of David’s words from Psalm 19 and verse 14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Careful of the difference between reason and excuse—what I often teach about watching what we feed our minds returned to haunt me. It is said that you can’t help it when certain thoughts pop into your mind. It’s the dwelling upon them that is sinful.

However, if the thoughts are a direct result of what we choose to read or listen to, then they are our sin.

I knew a preacher who began every message with that prayer. It never occurred to me before, but that is a great prayer to begin each day.

Thanks, Jon. Hope you have a blessed day.

One Response to “My Thoughts Convict Me”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    Amen! Something we all need to hear! Thanks Gary grace and peace

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