Words In Pictures

There’s a passage of Scripture that has left me baffled for a long time because it didn’t make gramatical sense to me.

It baffled me because I knew there had to be a meaning if it was left in the bible that way.

Read with me: ‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me and what answer I am to give to this compaint’- Habakuk 2:1

Do you see my grammatical confusion yet? It on the line that says ‘look to see what He will say…’

From my basic understanding of scripture, you look at what is shown, you listen to what is said.

So why the seeming confusion?

God cleared it up for me with a simple but personally relevant question.

Why do you (me) prefer books to movies?

The more I thought about it, I realized it ia because words create pictures in my mind and the details provided in the books always create a richer motion picture in my mind than the movies ever do.

That’s the reason I have always asserted that the movies made from books never do the books justice.

Same rule applies here. When words are spoken, the create pictures in our minds.

Whose words are creating the pictures playing in your mind today, God’s words or the words of the world- the world news perhaps?

Who is saying what you are seeing today?

I choose to see what God is saying.

Who’s With me?
Tobiloba

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Best Case Scenario

Welcome to April everyone!

Two Sundays ago, I was in church and the person taking the bible reading for some reason decided to deviate from the well trusted KJV and read the passage in the The Message Translation. I heard something I have not been able to get out my spirit since then because It’s a huge challenge on my existing world view on decision making.

I’ll share just in case someone else needs to see what I saw. Read with me:’ Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. ‘-Philippians 4:8 (MSG)

My mind started hitting repeat on ‘best not worst’ part of that verse. You see, I’m one of those people who hopes for the best but prepares for the worst. In taking any decision, my first thought is ‘what’s the worst case scenario? What’s the worst thing that can happen? And then I work based on that projection.

When I saw the verse above, I immediately knew God was challenging me to change my default setting from worst case scenario to ‘best case scenario’. I need to start projecting and planning for the best instead of the worst.

My hopes and my projections must align.

I need to start thinking ‘Best Case Scenario’

Who’s with me?
Tobiloba

Intentional Thoughts

I was watching a short video clip this morning and I heard something that sent me back to my university Philosophy classes. For someone who had to do a lot to pass that course, the memories were strong.

‘I think, therefore I am’- Rene Descartes. As I heard it and flashed back to University days, a certain scripture began to dance in my mind and I have to share.

If you’re a follower of this blog you’ll realize this is my third post at least about our thoughts.

Read with me: As a man thinks in his heart,So is he- Proverbs 23:7

Have you ever noticed that the minute you decide to buy a specific thing,or you begin to think about acquiring a certain thing,you suddenly begin to see it all around you?

You are a product of your thoughts. Like another scripture says ‘ Your thoughts run your life’-Proverbs 4:23

If you don’t like what you can see in your life, check your thoughts about that area of your life.

Sir, Be intentional about your thoughts. Take time to examine what you’re thinking about. If the destination of those thoughts are not somewhere you will like to go,change the direction.

To the person saying, the thoughts just come,I don’t choose them.

Listen,you may not be able to choose what flies into your mind,but you can choose what stays there. You choose what you dwell on.

Choose to think the thoughts that will create the mental picture of the future you desire.

Enough of random useless thoughts running through my head.

I choose to be deliberate in my thinking today.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba