Thinking Hard

My neighbour asked me if I worried about giraffes. You know, he pondered on, “When giraffes drink coffee, it is cold by the time it reaches their stomach. Do you ever worry about that?” 

“HUH”

Number one – Giraffes don’t drink coffee.

Number two – They couldn’t get their heads down to the cup.

Number three – They couldn’t get their noses in the cup.

Number four- They might not even like the taste of coffee.

Number five – Why is my neighbour worried about giraffes drinking coffee? Is that how we avoid real problems?  We put our brains onto foolish things like coffee- drunk-out giraffes?

What crazy thoughts dominate your brain today? Not surprisingly, others have already documented many of our brain wasters.  I have listed a few, but you probably already are listing your own.

  1. Believing celebrity wisdom 
  2. Jealousy of your partner or other people’s partners or total strangers’ partners.
  3. Trying to impress others when God’s opinion is all that matters.
  4. Worry about everything.
  5. Taking and holding onto offence. Refusing to forgive.
  6. Shopping, shopping and more shopping for stuff we don’t need or already have.
  7. Lining up to buy stuff in case you can’t get one. (See number 6)
  8. Taking things for granted.
  9. Searching for the life that you already have, but don’t appreciate.

You crazy Galatians! Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. 

 Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? Only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up! (From Galatians 3:1-5, MSG)

Prayer- God, help us use the common sense you already gave us. Amen.

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