Thoughts for the Week

Archive for April, 2016

You Are What You Eat, Think, See, etc…

What’s your favorite meal?

Whenever you eat food, your body takes whatever is digested and turns it into energy to use later. In other words, whatever food you eat becomes part of you.

This principle also applies in a similar way to mental, emotional, and spiritual sources of nourishment. For example, if one focuses a steady diet of encouraging, uplifting news, most likely the person will be full of joy and encouragement. Likewise, if someone focuses mostly on sad, dark, and scary things, most likely the person will feel downtrodden and full of discouragement.

Perhaps this is why God makes it clear to “[a]bove all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23, NIV).

Because different places of nourishment once and a while don’t usually affect one’s health. What really determines one’s health, is where he or she goes for the main source of nutrition, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

What do you focus on for your main source of energy? Good sources, or junk food?

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.
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Be Quiet!

 

Are you quiet? Or are you one to talk a lot?

There have been countless times I gained friendships because I took the time to listen to a person in a conversation instead of trying to impress them.

I even found that when I was shooting off my mouth more frequently, it became harder to keep from gossiping, telling the truth, and speaking kindly.

Perhaps this is what Proverbs is referring to in chapter ten, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (Prov. 10:19 NIV).

Not only was the temptation to sin gone when I would cut back my speech, I noticed I started caring more and learning a great deal about the person with whom I was speaking. People also typically respond well when they find someone genuinely listening to them.

So when words are not necessary, be quiet. You might learn a lot, whether it be with a stranger, your teacher, your boss, or even God.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

 

The Favorites Game

What’s your favorite movie? Your favorite restaurant? Your favorite outfit?

It’s nice having things you prefer and that you go back to regularly. However, while it’s good to have favorites when it comes to things, it can be devastating to have favorites when it comes to children.

The story of Joseph in Genesis 37-46 shows what happens to a family when parents play favorites with their children. At the time, Joseph was the only son born to Jacob from his favorite wife, Rachel. So even though Jacob had ten other sons from his first wife, Leah, he considered Joseph to be the best.

This favoritism so badly damaged Joseph’s relationship with his family that, “when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them,  they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him” (Gen 37:4 NIV).

They hated Joseph so badly that they wanted to kill him and settled on selling him to slavery (37:12-36). Although, while God used this dysfunctional family and this circumstance to save Joseph’s family and to bring himself glory, Jacob had to live believing Joseph had been killed (37:33) and Joseph had to live in a foreign land with foreign customs, believing he would never see his father and family again (39:1).

All of this trouble could have been avoided had Jacob loved all of his sons equally. Playing the Favorites Game when it comes to our children is a dangerous path that can only lead to hatred and regret.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

How the Body Should Function

What does it take for a body to be healthy? There’s plenty of things necessary to take care of one’s body: healthy food, exercise, and good life choices.

So then what does it take for the body of Christ, the church, to be healthy?

God makes it clear in his Word, that the church is to act just like a body “[The Church] will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Eph. 4:15-16, NIV).

A human body, if not given the correct nutrition and times to exert itself, it will grow sickly and weak.

In the same way, the body of Christ needs proper nutrition (the Word of God and fellowship with others) and times to exercise (ministry and service opportunities) in order to grow as a body in general health and sometimes in size.

God has given each person a working body to better understand how exactly the body of Jesus Christ should function too.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

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