Over the last couple months, we have covered a lot of ground in our series on meditation, A Refreshing Pause. We’ve studied incidents in the lives of several men from Scripture, learning important principles concerning meditation at each turn.
From Elijah, we learned that taking a moment to stop and rest can rejuvenate both body and soul.
From King David, we learned that stopping to meditate can help us be encouraged in times of darkness and distress.
From Joshua, we learned that failing to stop and meditate can lead to rash decisions that will have life-long consequences.
In all of these discourses, I had purposely left out an important element of the meditation equation, fully intending to address it a later time. Although I will not address it fully now, I offer a brief starter course to you so that you may mull it over for a week or two. Perhaps you have noticed my omission?
In all the talk of meditation, I have omitted the issue of content.
What we think about is just as important as taking time to stop and think. I would have waited to address this issue more fully, but the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary offers a perfect backdrop against which to raise this point. As the investigation continues, more and more facts reveal that this troubled young man who shot these people spent much of his time contemplating dark games, music, and movies. While there are those who argue that these types of media have no effect on a person, there can be no possible way that one could spend that long in front of an interactive device that simulates violent situations and leave unchanged.
The Bible offers succinct advice to those seeking to know what sort of things to contemplate. Philippians 4:8 sums it up: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
By thinking on these sorts of things, one will find body, soul, and spirit refreshed, and in time will see that patterns of thought affect patterns of life.
Look for another post on this issue of content soon. As always, thanks for reading!
Something to think about,