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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thinking Better of It

When have you felt torn by many conflicting forces and feelings? How did Jesus bring peace to you? How do you need to hear his word of peace right now? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1387).

The challenge for human beings from an early age is to reconcile bodily impulses with intelligence. Impulses stress the present while intelligence modulates the present with longer-term outcomes that with cautionary importunity counsel wisdom. Thinking back over my life I can find many examples familiar to all: sex, the rich and various table of appetites and delights, and–not the least of which–the fight or flight imperatives of the body; say for example, when giving a speech and one must stand deliberately, re-directionally summoning the more productive communicative impulses. The fact that many of us live sane lives testifies to the power of thought and our “thinking better of it” when raw emotions would rule.

The function of Jesus is to provide overarching purpose–and even style–to the whole of our lives.

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