Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thought for the day

"God-thinking allows the Spirit of God within you to commune with your spirit for the purpose of giving us the mind of Christ. With the mind of Christ you can take the higher path. Here's where you get confused. Because of past teachings and some beliefs you have acquired by default - you think of the higher path as something that is for the cleric or guru, the priest or the pastor or an enlightened one.

In some religions it is thought to be one who has reached "nirvana", or to become "clear". And for our friends the cucumber worshipers, the higher path might be in the way they pick their cucumbers.

But in essence, the higher path has nothing to do with what you are called or what you do for a living. It has everything to do with who you are and how you think. Choosing the higher path is when you allow God to have input into how you do your job or how you handle a situation.

As a body mechanic the higher path might be found in an ethical question that arises during a restoration project. He or she finds a rather costly but needed repair that was missed in the estimate. Do you tell the client and disclose the unfortunate discovery, telling them that they will have to pay fo it, taking the chance that they might lose the client or do you not tell the client and let them find out later?

Let's say you are a waiter or waitress and you are serving a hot delectable shrimp scampi and you notice there is something that doesn't belong in the dish. Do you take it out (the whatever it is) and serve it or do you take it back and have the chef remake the dish?

You are teaching women in prison and you have prepared a beautiful message. You have a plan and you worked hard to get it all together. You step in the room and sense a deep hurt - a need that only God can fill. Do you follow the plan or meet the need?

The higher path always requires that you work as if you work unto the Lord. The higher path requires God-thinking. You stop making decisions by default. You start making decisions out of a conscious effort to seek the better good for everyone. The higher path is wherever you are and in whatever you are doing when you are allowing God thoughts to be "on top" in your mind. You are ministering to others in spirit."

Excerpts from The Power of God Thinking by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2010

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