I found myself thinking about thinking. How does it work? What are thoughts; how do we think; how does memory work, how do we remember things, and more confusing, why can’t I remember what I know when I want to; why does it exceed my grasp?
How do I train my mind to think only the things I want it to? How can I keep it from wondering; from being distracted at little things? How can I focus, and why can some do it better than others? Why does it seem like I am seldom able to concentrate and too often chasing my mind trying to keep it under control?
All these questions because I read, “… whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
How do I do that?
Maybe if I take a look at each word and try to find an example or illustration. Perhaps that would help me to understand the concept, the principle and focus, understand and apply.
So what is honorable? The dictionary uses noble as a synonym. So that would render Isaiah 32:8 as, “But he who is honorable plans honorable things, and on honorable things he stands.” So my mind needs to think about honorable things. To plan how to do them. To take notice and evaluate activities to see if they are honorable and, if not, change my course.
The book of Proverbs seems to equate honor with honesty and integrity. To be honorable is to be of good character, high integrity, and good morality. I need to think about these things. To plan, act and judge accordingly.
Thinking is dangerous. Choosing to be careful about what you think is strenuous. But it is noble if you are filling your thoughts and activities with honorable things.
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