The Importance of Your Own Thoughts

We all have busy lives these days. In fact, it’s the same amount of time we’ve always had, but there are more things to keep us busy … or rather distracted.

For example the constant temptation to separate the sacred and secular parts of our life: Seeing the importance of action, or doing, before thinking and praying. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase or know people who ‘do and then think’.

Many of us in the world are aware of God on Sunday’s at Mass, and each day in reflecting on the readings for the day, but do we think of God and prayer the rest of the time. Do you?

Because of the internet and technology our culture is filled with information not even imagined say twenty-five years ago. And the news media has change, mostly, to share opinions how we should be thinking, instead of true journalism to present the facts knowing we are smart enough to make our own conclusions.

Question: if someone were to ask you about why you are a Catholic man, or what you thought about an important news story at the moment, would you have your thoughts together with immediate and compelling answer? Or would you in that moment think about what your opinion is? Or would you repeat what you heard a news reporter, or your priest, say about (how to live) your faith or the news item?

God is with you all day, every day. All you and I need to do is to stop and turn to Him with our thoughts and prayers. To listen more than talk. It could be a few minutes in the morning before going out the door, it could be in the quiet of driving the car, it could be in writing your thoughts in a journal or blog post. The important action in the thinking before the doing. To concentrate and not be distracted.

I have been surprised, and you will be too, how much context your life seems to have once you know your thoughts and what you stand for. Anything that keeps you in any given moment from thinking on God and His direction is a distraction. Especially during our suffering He provides strength when we seek Him to speak to our hearts.

Your decisions will become more clear, and Kingdom inspired, I promise you.

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col. 3:17

Frank J Casella is an artistic photographer, and co-founder of Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum.

Author: Catholic Men Chicago Southland

Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) fosters Catholic Men in personal holiness to make Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives, and sponsor of the Bishop Perry Catholic Chicago Men's Forum. CMCS is Catholic Apostolate of Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of Chicago. Executive Director, Frank J. Casella Vision: To Nurture Catholic Men's Spirituality in the Chicago Southland