The right mind

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
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In church last Sunday the minister preached from the book of James. The section he preached from is called The Prayer of Faith, and is in James 5 it starts at 15 and goes on to about verse 17. This is a popular part of new testament scripture.

14Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.…


For many this calls up the miraculous healing power of faithful prayer but through employing circular logic the minster reminded us that god is not a concierge or our personal genie whom we can call upon in a time of need. But we are implored to reach out in a time of need for god as a believer and a person of faith. This is where the minister began to employ the circular logic and he referenced other scripture the one he brought to the service was one I always had trouble understanding and honestly still do.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The minister went on to explain that faith and righteous prayers come from men and women who are faithful and that being faithful is very much a certain mindset and perspective. The minister pointed out that James had mentioned a lot in previous verses about this mindset. We are to obey the law of love, abstain from judgement.  Of course the sermon got me to thinking about morals and principles it also got me to thinking about simply thinking.

Every morning before coming into work I make a move at five games of chess I have going on. I do this because I am a super geek and chess is fun to me, but I can’t help but think that maybe, these single moves help me to enter the right mind for the work day.

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I have to look at the board, the pieces where they are. I have to assess my plan and determine if I am still able to execute or if I have to make a different approach. After all these thoughts I make my move. Work, no matter what you do is pretty much the same way isn’t it? Think about all the decisions you will make today and the effects they will have on you and those around you.  You will be asked to make decisions and you will decide, probably more than once. It is very important to be in the moment and understand what you need and want from your work. In other words you have to be in your right mind. I am not sure what helps you get into that. Maybe it is a chess game, a cup of coffee, reading the paper or some prayer and meditation but I encourage you to find it.






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