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Germinate Your Ideas

    As we grow up it is very important to make up our own minds, to set our own values, moral codes, ideologies, so that we can become our own person. Discovering who I AM has been wonderfully enriching for me, and I know it is for all of us. Most of us achieve this stage by about early to middle adulthood. This is normal, healthy behavior. For me it took much longer to reach.

    The problem is, though, that many of us then STOP thinking. We become a ‘closed’ mind to many things. We can become quite set in our ways and our ideas, but if we remain like that we will inevitably become quite boring individuals!

    This is basically because most of us are quite resistant to change. We fear change, but often this is because we just don’t want to admit that perhaps we are not experts in every field. And the point is, not one of us is!!!

    We often find it hard to admit we are wrong. But we need to be able to reach a point of always, in every situation, assessing what is happening to us and in our world with fresh eyes. With an open mind, and a willing heart to change, we can shift and expand, to accommodate new thinking, and to accept that what we thought we knew was not indeed all there was to know. Galileo was laughed at for announcing that the world was round. His thoughts were so new, so challenging, with such wide sweeping effects, that no one could comprehend it. But Galileo was right. And so it has been with almost every invention. Man’s mind is capable of extraordinary thoughts, like those of Galileo.

    Only the Eternal Source, God, is the expert. We do not, ever, at any stage of life, have the whole picture. If we could imagine the difference of the worldview of an ant to that of an eagle, we can begin to understand that only God can oversee the whole situation. Only God has been here from the very beginning of time, and will be eternally ‘present’. That is why God said to Moses, “I am who I am”. He meant by this that God is always in the present. God is here, now, at my computer as I write this. Simultaneously God is with you, wherever you are, reading it. God is. He always will be. So God can see the end from the beginning, and is able to then, know, what is best and right and good for the whole world collectively, and for every living creature. God wants the very best for us all.

    So let us be committed to the development of an open mind. Let us always be aware that we may not have the whole story, and that God alone does. With every book we read, let’s aim to find some new, always more Godly thoughts. We will never grow as people if we do not change, enlarge, expand and renew our thinking. Dr. Phil McGraw, in his book ‘Self Matters’, discusses this. He says, “If you accept your thoughts as facts, then you will no longer be looking for new information, because you assume that you have all the answers”. Let’s all face it: NONE of us has all the answers!

    I love to read autobiographies, because they show us just what happened in a person’s life. More than that, the author will often explain what had happened, and how he felt, and how he changed as a result of the experiences he had.

    The impact of every day events has the capacity to change each of us every day. Little by little we can all grow more and more fully true, fully aware, and fully appreciative of others, our beautiful world and ourselves. Every new dawn brings new experiences, and new possibilities, but we will only grow as people if we open our mind to the wonder, hope and gift of the day, and look out for the God-moments around us. At the close of the day, reflect upon the NEWNESS of that day - those new opportunities to learn and change and grow.

    Then we take up the challenge of sifting our thoughts with Godly wisdom, and then adapting to life in a NEW way, so that we become like growing plants, developing new shoots all the time and allowing old worn out, tired ideas to rest. Let’s all aim to grow more Godly, and more wise, so that we shall become like beautiful trees fed by the Spirit and nourished by living waters, with roots growing deep in the soil of God’s love, and branches reaching strongly out to bring beauty, protection, and calm to those around us.

    © 2004 Christine M. Jones
    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries
    djandcj@optusnet.com.au