Little words mean a lot. I can say…I am sitting here eating a bag of chocolate cookies while writing my next column or I can say… I am sitting here thinking about eating a bag of chocolate cookies while writing my next column.
What is the difference? It is the thinking, isn’t it? How often do we do think first and do we think too late after all the cookies are gone?
Thinking made the difference. Thinking means using one’s mind to consider ideas and make judgments. It means to understand something or the possibility of something. It foresees something that might happen.
If I did that before I ate cookies, I would be thinking about how awful I’d feel after I ate them. I’d be thinking of how I would feel getting on the scale at work. I would feel my future shame and feelings of failure.
But instead…I dive into the cookies and into what in my life is a sin.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.(Philippians 4:8, NIV)
Prayer- Lord, thank you for showing us that it is better to think about the after-effects of sin before rather than to feel the effects after. Amen.