I’ve occasionally felt guilty for a particular way of thinking.
It usually happens when I have a good idea or thought, and then I try to think of a Bible verse to go with that idea. Maybe it’s a way to solve a parenting problem, or a solution to an interpersonal challenge. Sometimes I find a Bible verse, and sometimes I don’t. If I write about something I’ve learned this way, it feels backwards to me, like I am fitting God’s Word to my ideas, instead of letting God’s Word work first. Somehow, this seems like a “lesser” way to think. Today I wondered whether the idea first, God’s Word second, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, I should be saturating my mind with Scripture, since God is clear that meditation in His Word is a priority; I expect Scripture to bear on my actions and confirm or convict. Why, though, would I think that in essence measuring my thoughts by the standard in the Bible is unwise, particularly if I’m committed to submitting to God’s leading?
Today I was thinking again about eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Part of what I’m thinking about is when my lack of eating right (like today when I had three or four cookies for breakfast and a coke for lunch before coming home and eating a carrot) or exercising truly affects how I interact with my children. Eating right is a good thing to do, obviously, but I started wondering– is this biblical and wise, or just good?
I confess that I never did think about Scriptures for eating right, because I got started thinking about the process of thinking through something biblically. Nevertheless, I did eat better yesterday and today. 🙂