Sober thinking is commanded in so many New Testament passages. It’s an elder qualification in I Timothy three. It’s something that older women are told to teach younger women to do in Titus two. Young men are to be sober (Titus 2:6) and all of us should be sober when we think about the way the devil operates (I Peter 5:8). Sometimes we define sober thinking as the mindset that makes us somber, grave and even a little sad. In reality sober thinking is realistic thinking. It’s really being spiritually reflective enough to consider matters the way they really are…without sugarcoating the bad or downplaying the obvious blessings. So while sober thinking might often make us sad (when we see sin and sorrow), sober thinking should also make us rejoice in the Lord and His abundant blessings in our lives. It should sometimes make us stop laughing at iniquity. It should sometimes make us stop crying about nothing. It should tie our emotions to God. Sobriety includes exuberance, laughter, weeping and indignation–all about the right things.
What makes God happy? What makes God cry? Now ponder that and you will be thinking soberly.
Now, here’s something to think about. Enjoy a couple of the best entries in the Christmas contest. Winner will be announced on Christmas Eve.
Popeye: The Present Pilfering Pit bull
Growing up, Christmas present Rule #1 was, “No Peeking!”
To ease this curiosity conundrum, my sister would employ various gift-inspection techniques to discover the identity of the hidden joy.
Wise to the ways of her eldest daughter, Mom began to double wrap the presents after finding one ripped open, only to have the offense recommitted the next day. The final straw fell when Mom discovered the “Christmas carnage” the following day; all the presents had been opened.
Anna Maxwell, Eva, AL