Think On These Things
By Andy Geesey
November 1, 2007
We have all been impacted with the cold hard reality of what can happen, when a person is not thinking clearly. Yes, I am referring to the tragedy that took place on Monday, October 2nd 2006 in Bart Township, Lancaster County, Pa. Personally my heart and prayers go out to and for the surviving victims, families and extended families, of those children and for the Roberts and Welk families.
I myself was impacted in a personal way, for several reasons 1) I also am a milk truck driver. 2) While I did not know Mr. Charles Roberts very well, his father in law is a friend of mine. 3) Through the course of time I have been blessed to know many of the families that were directly affected from this tragedy. 4) Any senseless act of violence hurts, but more so when it involves helpless young and tender children.
Over the last year I have been asked several times for some positive input, so I wish to leave you with two things that I have learnt. First of all and most important, It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment. The truth is each of us will come to our own appointed time, it may be today or it may be tomorrow, and it would behoove each to honestly ask, am I prepared to stand before my Maker if today were to be my appointed day? If the answer is no then please find a bible and take a look at these verses, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, John 3:16, Romans 10:8-13.
Secondly think on these things, this was the Apostle Paul's advice to the believers in Philippi, he had just provided them with a positive list of things to be thinking on, meditating on and dwelling on. The list that he gave was as follows: 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.
Paul went on to say: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do. Paul understood that when a person has right thoughts that it will lead him to right doing. This works the same in reverse, when a person thinks on the negative it will cause him to do that which is negative. When a person chooses to look at the pluses and the positives in life, the person will generally be a person who is thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed on them in spite of the negatives. When a person can only see the negative, and refuses to see the good that is all around them, then it becomes very hard for that person to be thankful at heart.
If you are a person who struggles with finding the good, then make yourself a list, in column one list the negative things, then in column two list the positives. I have had to do this from time to time and it really works. You may be amazed at how many good things you have to be thankful for, but if you still are struggling then get yourself some help, don't hold it inside until your negative feelings eat away and tear you up, this leads to bitterness, stress and unwarranted anger.
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