Thought for the Day – Tuesday 21st July

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?

Matthew 9 : 3 – 4

The teachers of the law had just seen something wonderful, a man with a difficult physical condition had his mobility restored to him. Yet what was their response? They thought this was blasphemy! It was as though they had read the situation backwards.

What Jesus was doing didn’t fit into their worldview. The way Jesus talked, the way he acted, the miracles he performed, none of that fit their preconceived ideas of how the world worked. And this warped their thinking, to the point where they could witness something good and twist it in their minds into something bad.

All of us have a worldview, a way we think the world works. Our worldview is helpful, it helps us navigate through life, but if we become too attached it, we become rigid and inflexible. Like the teachers of the law we can become unable to see the good in front of us because it doesn’t fit with our expectations. Jesus talked about having a Child-like faith and perhaps part of that is maintaining a child-like curiosity and openness to new experiences. A rigid mind will see badness and blasphemy everywhere, but an open mind is able to see God’s grace at work in unexpected places.

Prayer: Living God help me to have an open mind and an open heart. Where my thinking has gotten rigid and state may your spirit come to shake things up, to open me up to new and exciting possibilities.

Action: Spend some time learning about something completely new that you’ve never heard before (today I learned that in 1816 a giant volcano in Indonesia caused terrible weather in Europe and helped inspire Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein).

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