The Spire - St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Two Sections, Section A • 076510 • Vol. 159 • No. 8 • June 22, 2012 A friend might ask you the question “whatcha thinkin?” as a simple conversation starter, a way to build relationship. But it is a very important question, one that gets at the very core of who we are. Henry David Thoreau says, “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a Whatcha Thinkin? deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” What are your mental habits? Doom and gloom? Anger? Judgmental thoughts about those around you? Judgmental thoughts about yourself? What do you find yourself “mostly” thinking? Love Transcends all Languages and Distances pg. 2 We can choose our habits of thought, just as we can choose our habits of action. In both Hebrew and Greek, there are verb forms that mean to do something “continually”. For example, in English, the command “eat right” might mean “eat right today” or it might mean “eat right always”. So when we read, for example, in Hebrews 13, “let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise,” the word “continually” is not in the text, but rather in the verb form that means “offer praise continually.” What this form of the verb really means is “develop a habit of praise”. In Philippians 4:8, Paul says, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” In this passage, he uses the form that means to do this continually, or to “develop a habit of thinking about good stuff”. Sounds like good advice to me. Meet the Duke Divinity School Interns 3 6 2012 Scholarship Recipients Westheimer Campus Interns Continued on Page 2 7 Westheimer Campus: 3471 Westheimer | Houston, Texas 77027 Gethsemane Campus: 6856 Bellaire Blvd. | Houston, Texas 77074 StLukesMethodist.org 713-622-5710 The United Methodist Reporter (USPS 954-500) is published weekly by UMR Communications, 1221 Profit Drive, Dallas Texas 75247-3919. Periodicals postage paid at Dallas, Texas and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to The United Methodist Reporter. PO Box 660275, Dallas, Texas 75266-0275.