I love children’s paraphrases of Scripture. During Advent season, one children’s church boy announced, concerning the events of Christ’s birth, “Mary pounded them in her heart.” I like that!
Daily, the world pounds us with its philosophy and its fears:
“Look out for number one.”
“Claw your way up the ladder of success.”
“Buy the latest ego-enhancing luxury item.”
“Be vigilant as the terror-level is elevated.”
“The world’s economy is falling apart.”
I have to admit that I’m a news junky: morning news shows, the evening news, and in between checking news sites and Twitter feeds. If I’m not careful, I can get pounded by the all the crime, corruption, political unrest and seemingly hopeless situations locally, nationally and internationally.
But the psalmist reminds us:
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them (Psalm 111:2).
Verse 4 reminds us to remember the “wonders” of our “gracious and compassionate” Lord. Verse 5 assures us that “He provides food for those who fear him.”
That’s why I have to balance all the world’s bad news with the Word’s Good News; to pound it into my heart. That’s why St. Paul urges us to . . .
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).
How about you? When your mind isn’t occupied with work or family responsibilities, what do you ponder? The world or the Word? The greatness of God or the wretchedness of humankind? What are you pounding into your heart?
Copyright © 2011 James N. Watkins
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