Are You Thinking Straight?

Why Thinking Straight Will Set You Free

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Do you think straight? What does that even mean, and how can you tell if you do?

Let me explain by telling you a little story.  During the 45 years of our marriage, my wonderful husband has hung many pictures for me. Each time he hangs a picture, he asks me if it looks straight. Usually, I say that the picture is leaning to the left or to the right. Usually, my husband says it looks straight to him. 

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So, in order to determine if the picture is straight or crooked, he gets out his trusty level. The level never lies. It always tells the truth. If the level shows that the picture is straight, then it is straight, no matter what it looks like to our eyes.

The level is our standard of truth.

Well, God has provided a “level” to serve as the standard of truth for living our lives. That “level” is called the Bible, and it was given to us by God to tell us if we are thinking straight or not. If our way of thinking lines up with what the Bible says, then we are thinking straight. If our way of thinking does not line up with what the Bible says, then we are not thinking straight.

Now, a picture that hangs crooked on my wall may not do much more than annoy me, but a way of thinking that hangs crooked in my mind could destroy me.

For example, if I think that I will go up if I jump off a roof, that kind of crooked thinking could harm me as I soon hit the ground.  I will have discovered too late that jumping off a roof will cause me to go down, not up.

There are some kinds of crooked thinking that are even more serious than falling off a roof.  Take, for example, my thinking about Jesus Christ. If I don’t believe that He is the Savior of the world, and if I don’t accept Him as such, I will spend eternity in Hell, separated from Him. Why? Because He says that “whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life . . . . ” (John 3:36).

Bottom line, any thinking that contradicts God’s thinking is crooked thinking.  Anything that agrees with God’s thinking is straight thinking.

So, are you thinking straight? To find out, just ask yourself if your thinking agrees with God’s thinking.  How can you know? There is only one way. You have to get to know how God thinks by reading and studying His Word.

The Apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 12:2: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (emphasis mine). Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” We change the way we think by studying, memorizing, and meditating on the Word of God.

Too many Christians today are thinking like the world.  They have adopted the cultural consensus and, consequently, are not thinking straight. This is the reason we hear of Christians having sex outside of marriage, agreeing with the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage, and condoning abortion. This is all crooked thinking!

I urge you today to start thinking straight. Not only does your success in this life depend on it, but, most importantly, your eternal destiny hangs on it.

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In my newest work of fiction, SURRENDER TO LOVE, young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa LopezPicMonkeyFINAL061815416pmGonzalez, is not thinking straight. Consequently, she is in danger of missing God’s will for her life. Will she change her thinking to agree with God’s thinking and thus fulfill her destiny? 

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How Abortion Hurts the Heart

Years ago, I worked as a volunteer for a pro-life organization. It was my privilege to help women contemplating abortion to recognize the evil of abortion and to assist them, both materially and emotionally, through their pregnancy and the birth of their children. Those who chose to carry their babies to term faced many challenges. But despite the challenges, not one of them faced a lifetime of guilt and emotional torment for having killed her baby.

Since that time, I have seen the awful anguish of women who chose, for one reason or another, to abort their babies. In most of these cases, no one told these women of the emotional and psychological aftermath of their choice, not to mention the physical aftermath. No one told them that for the rest of their lives, they would be tormented with guilt, remorse, fear, depression, and a host of other emotional and psychological afflictions. No one told them of the agonizing longing they would feel to hold the babies they had killed. The only thing they were told is that they owned their own bodies, that they had the right to do what they wanted with their bodies, and that abortion would free them from the burden of raising a child.

Of course, pro-choicers didn’t call the being within their womb a child. That would be too upsetting. Rather, the being was simply a fetus, nothing more than a mass of lifeless tissue as disposable as a hangnail. Such slippery semantics supposedly salved the conscience.

Or did they?

Time, however, told the truth. No one heard the blood-curdling wails of these post-abortion women weeping in the night, especially on the anniversary of the murder of their child. No one understood the relentless depression that dug its claws into their very souls, threatening many of them to the point of suicide. No one felt the pain of their empty arms that yearned to hold their aborted babies.

Alone. These women were left alone to suffer the consequences of their heinous acts.

Some of you reading this may be among those hurting, tormented women. Some of you may be so overwhelmed with guilt and remorse that you long to die. Some of you may have buried the guilt only to have it surface in physical illness, chronic depression, or irrational fear.

If this describes you, I urge you to listen to me. Listen as I tell you of the One who knows your pain.  The One who heard your sobs in the night. The One Who not only heard but wants to forgive you and heal you. Who is this One?  His Name is Jesus. He died for your sins, including the sin of abortion. He died to set you free from the guilt and remorse of your past. He died to give you a new lease on life.

So, how you do get this life? You sincerely acknowledge that your abortion was a sin; you ask God to forgive you of that sin; and you receive His forgiveness and cleansing by inviting Him into your life. You may say, “Is that all I have to do?” Yes, that is all you have to do.

Once you’ve received His forgiveness, He will begin to heal your emotional and psychological wounds. He will begin to put back together the broken pieces of your life. He will give you beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). It is His promise to you.

Don’t take my word for it; take His. Listen to what He says: “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25); “Behold I will make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You will never forget the abortion you had, but Christ will take away all the pain left in its wake.

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