Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pondering The Path

Rachelle and her daddy... on the farm where he grew up in Iowa
My seventeen years of formal education took place in the public system of the United States. Once I became a parent and suddenly realized the overwhelming responsibility of passing on what I believed to be true, I saw the need to delve into just how much my personal worldview had been shaped by that education. I found that I had been subtly influenced by some view points which I had not carefully examined. I now understand that foundations of thought are a product of myriad influences and if left unexamined are bound to be disconnected, illogical, and filled with fallacies.

From my present understanding, sound thinking is built with each idea starting from a trusted assumption or belief, and then one idea must proceed logically upon another, like the plastic rings on a cone. As I have begun the lifetime journey of working through this process of examining my present conclusions, and have stopped to carefully consider what I think, why I think it, and how I arrived at where I am, I have begun to see what a monumental task it is.

We are a society drowning in sensory stimulation. Instant disconnected tidbits of info are on hand at the click of a mouse. Spoon-fed educating methods are rampant, and the lack of a demand to think carefully--to read, to consider, to examine, to compare and contrast--is all but lost. We are so surrounded by the worldview that truth is relative--you have your truth and I have mine (which in essence denies there is any real truth at all)--and many of us have allowed this prevalent influence to dull the edges of our inquisitiveness; we've been lulled into mental slumber and are left vulnerable to accept endless unfounded ideas just because they appeal to us.

When I woke to reality of this parenting task and began my journey to pursue wisdom and to understand myself so that I could pass on what I sincerely believed was true, I began with the following foundational belief: there is truth. Next, I embraced the Bible as the reliable source of information for life's questions. With this basis, I began my search to understand what the Bible teaches. From what I understand at this point, Jesus Christ is my connection to my Creator and to eternal life. I am to trust in Jesus and follow His example in order to please God and gain eternal existence with Him. (When I say I am to trust Jesus, I am saying a LOT! What is it to really trust another person for your life's decisions and for your hope of eternal existence?! Something to think about...)

In the Bible, Colossians 2:2-3, the Apostle Paul beautifully states; “...Christ...in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” This process of searching for wisdom and understanding from the Bible is invigorating and exciting as we “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” It makes life's difficulties so much gentler. It helps us figure out even the right questions to ask! And hope for the future is bright! 

In all of my ponderings, I ever pray,
Abba, help me, help all who would seek for You. Teach us truth. Wake us up to influences that ever so gently weather away wisdom. Spur our minds to want to think, to want to understand, to want to grow in our ability to perceive truth, even though that process can be painful at times. Convict our hearts if we have agendas which would taint our coming to truth. We know that our flesh, as Paul refers to it, has a mind of its own and would have things the way it wants, but we, as those who have decided to trust in Jesus, refuse to walk after the mind of the flesh. Rather, we will walk after the spirit of Christ, for we  "have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24
My dear readers, please understand that in no way am I trying to communicate that I or any of us will ever have it all figured out. To the contrary, the Bible tells us we all "see through a glass darkly" and that we will not fully understand until we are in the next world. I am just striving to find and maintain the mindset, the worldview which sets me on the right path, headed in the right direction, hooked on to the right sources, ever seeking wisdom and The One who is The Source of Truth. I'm seeking to be a follower of Jesus Christ. To be sure you understand, there are times when I have to tell my children, "I do not understand this issue, but we can trust Jesus. We will keep seeking understanding with open hearts and minds, and we can trust Him to take care of us; someday we will probably understand." There is peace, excitement, and hope in this as well.

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

~reposted from 2008; revised for this posting