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Doodles and Daydreams

Friday, January 11, 2019

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“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” – C.H. Spurgeon

I am a compulsive daydreamer. And when I daydream, I often doodle.

Whether I am sitting in a board meeting or a church service, if I have a pad of paper in front of me, you’d better believe that I will start drawing something within a matter of minutes. It’s not that I’m not listening; quite on the contrary, it helps me to focus.

Usually I just draw shapes or fill in letters – like A, B, D, O and P – on a page. However, if I’m feeling especially creative, I may design a golf hole…or two.

I am told that people with very active minds are often doodlers. In fact, both John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were famous for doodling during cabinet meetings; as were Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and several other presidents.

But doodles and daydreaming aside, how much better to take some time and focus on God and His attributes? Meditating on God and His Word engages both our mind and our spirit. Here is how Spurgeon put it…

“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep that our pride is drowned in its infinity…No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.”

I don’t know if the Apostle Paul was a doodler, since paper and ink were precious commodities in his day. But I can assure you – based on the verse below – that he spent a lot of time daydreaming about God and meditating on His Word.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NASB)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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