Friday, July 18, 2014

Thought of the Day !!

* Notice * I will be out of town next week taking a little R & R at a friend's lakehouse.  I'm pretty sure there is no internet connection there.  So there will be no "Thought of the Day !!" devotions for next week.  - greg

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

                                                                Proverbs 16:20 (NIV)

Have you ever met a know-it-all?  You know, someone who thinks that they know everything there is to know about something and nobody can argue with them or convince them otherwise.  I'm sure I've been one at times in my life.  Maybe you can even recount a time or situation where you were one too.
The truth is that only the Lord knows it all.  Still, many people go around thinking that their beliefs about God or their denomination's stance or their style of worship, etc. is the only correct way.  What we all have to do is remember that we can be wrong from time to time, or that even though we have it right, someone else may also. And so, we should always be willing to learn.  Always be willing to open your mind, for you never know when you might actually be wrong.    

Of course, we need to be smart too.  We shouldn't just believe anything that anybody tells us either.  Test the validity of what others say by Scripture, your reason, your experience on the subject and the tradition of the Church.  

C.S. Lewis, along with others, claimed that if a belief had not passed the test of time in the Church that it could not be valid.  Yet there are many new ways of thinking popping up everyday.  So I want to emphasize that I'm not saying that we should merely accept everything, but that we should be open to listening to others and then trusting in God to help us through.

In the love of Christ,


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