Dismay or Display – by Gary Ellis

Dismay or display?  That’s the million dollar question.

“Wha-? Huh? Come again”? 

Okay, let me ‘splain myself, Lucy. (That reference to the vintage “I Love Lucy” TV show dates me, eh?)

Do your thoughts (the one’s that’ve been plodding down the corridors of your mind the last 30 minutes) dismay you, or display the greatness of God and His potential in your life?

I’m not attempting to get all “Zen” in this article.  It’s not about another pop-psych approach to the power of positive thinking.

Facts are facts about the human frame and how it functions.  The thought life is critical to everything.  Dr. Phil, Oprah, or Gandhi didn’t originate that truth.  God did. (All they may have done is repeat the Great Author).

  • Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
  • Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
  • Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight…”

Dismaying me in all my weakness and ability to solve my current dilemma? -Or-

Displaying the ability of God and His love for me to save me in and from my current dilemma?

This isn’t one of those “wag my finger disapprovingly” and bring further dismay to each of us by focusing on “shouldas and oughtas.”  Instead it’s a positive reality check that we can think right…and in so doing we can win!  We just need to step beyond theory to practice.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable (Hebrew:  “delightful, pleasurable”) in Your sight…”

The easiest way to open the door to the son-light filled corridor is to practice being aware that Jesus (who is one spirit with His Followers) is submerged in you and you in Him…right now, right here as we read from this computer screen or smart phone.  And, the literal Presence of His Person is sufficient to handle anything, and everything, anywhere, and all the time.

The greatest challenge in learning this really easy practice of “awareness of Him” is not in opening the door to being aware of His Presence, but in remembering to open that “thought door.”

The Good News:  You get better at remembering with practice!

I’ll end today’s article with a previous quote, “It’s surprising how many things disappear when you’re staring at Jesus.”  I’ll add to that this reality. “It’s also amazing how many solutions appear when you’re staring at Jesus.”  🙂  He has a way of rubbing off on you.