by Frank Pollard

Philippians 4:8
Above the roar of the traffic on a heavily traveled
boulevard a resounding crash was heard as a light truck plowed
into the rear of a big passenger car. Fortunately no one was
hurt, but the whole affair was the result of a particularly
stupid bit of driving and the damage was considerable. As
the driver of the car clambered out to look over the situation,
he approached the operator of the truck with fire in his eyes
and acid in his voice and said, "What in the world were you
thinking about?"
We all have to think about something, don't we? We're
just made that way. But we also tend to get lazy in our
thinking. Life has so much of the same sameness to it.
Some are so used to just the daily routine that things are
done sort of automatically and without much thought. A
very shrewd little old lady discussing her problems with her
pastor said, "The trouble with life is that it is so daily."
Yet in all America's industrial growth where assembly-line
dullness is promoted, there is a constant plea for us to think.
Very recently the libraries of our land promoted a drive to
get us to read books. They called it, "Wake up and read."
From the headquarters of a tremendously large firm there
comes a monthly letter to the employees in which the
president, in essence says, "I do not want you to work any
harder. I think you are working hard enough. What I really
want you to do is to mix more thinking with your working."
When Jesus was asked to identify the first rule of life,
He replied with a line that combined two Old Testament
texts, Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, to which He
added a word of His own. Whereas the writer of Deuteronomy
had said that a man was to love the Lord with all his heart
and soul and might Jesus added, "And with thy mind." The
Apostle Paul, in a mighty effort to stabilize the life of the
Christians of Philippi, wrote them a letter in which he
enumerated a long list of great ideas a ...

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