DayBreaks for 1/05/18 – What We Put In Affects the Future

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DayBreaks for 1/05/18: What We Put in Affects the Future

From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:

A psychiatrist in England made an interesting revelation at a conference in Wales.  Dr. Nick Warner revealed that a hymn penned in the mid-1800’s is the most common theme heard in what he termed “musical hallucinations.”  We all have a tune that gets stuck in our heads (also called an “ear worm”) but in a musical hallucination, the song is heard as if it were really being played.  About one in 10,000 people over 65 years of age report musical hallucinations.  They are most common in people suffering from hearing problems.

Dr. Warner and a colleague studied 30 elderly people who experienced musical hallucinations.  The tunes they heard ranged from “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” to “Yes, We Have No Bananas.”  Over half of the people heard some sort of religious music, either hymns or Christmas carols.  Six of the thirty heard the same song, “Abide With Me.”  That is a statistically significant number considering the people did not have the opportunity to speak to one another about what they heard.

Dr. Warner believes the reason many people hear this song is that it brings sense of comfort and hope.  He said, “The words of ‘Abide With Me’ are tremendously uplifting, hopeful words about heaven and God not abandoning us when we are dying.”  Warner says, since we are becoming increasing secular, as the population ages, more people may start hearing the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, because musical hallucinations tend to be songs people have heard many times. – —Reuters, ‘Abide With Me’ is Top Musical Hallucination, March 8, 2004

I’m sure that you’ve had songs that get “stuck” in your head that keep on playing over and over until you’re about to go nuts.  And if you’ve not experienced that, maybe I’ve had your share of music playing in my head. 

The human mind, created in all its wonder by God Almighty, is an amazing thing.  It can perform more complex calculations in a fraction of a second than any computer ever built – and by a large margin.  It constantly monitors our body’s chemistry and adjusts our blood pressure, heart beat, breathing, fluid balances, hormones and it does all those things without you ever giving it a thought.  The mind of man is truly a wonder. 

What we put into our mind is important.  We need to be careful what we put into our minds today, because it may return in unexpected ways tomorrow or 10 years or 30 years in the future.  It makes Paul’s passage from Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV) come to life: Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praise worthy —think about such things. Whatever you have received or learned from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

PRAYER:  Help us to fill our hearts and minds with thoughts of your goodness and songs of praise, so that in times of need, it is You that comes to mind and nothing else.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.


DayBreaks for 6/13/17 – The Amazing Extent of Dirt

DayBreaks for 6/13/17: The Amazing Extent of Dirt

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:

I don’t know about where you live, but unless you live in one of those “bubbles” or a clean-room environment in a medical or scientific lab, well, there’s just dirt everywhere.  I remember when the first floppy drives came out…they were very large (much larger than the 3-1/4” ones later on) and didn’t hold much data.  The company I was working for was quick to add them to our products for backup purposes (this was before CD’s, etc.), and we struggled with them because even a tiny speck of dust could cause the disk drive heads to crash and ruin data.  The introduction of Winchester disk technology was a real boon to the computer industry, because they used sealed disks that dirt couldn’t get into.

How I wish that my mind was of Winchester technology!  It seems that the “dirt” (not the material kind, but the sinful kind) gets into my mind way too easily.  And, just like the dirt in your kitchen, it’s hard to get out. 

In his book, Hearing God, Dallas Willard contemplates this problem and how the dirt of the world that gets into our mind can hinder our hearing of God.  What, for example, is your first reaction when you hear a siren passing by?  When you have car trouble, how long does it take before you take the matter to God?  Does our mind spontaneously return to God and His things when it’s not intensely occupied with things of work or school?  After all, the needle of a compass returns to true north…and if God is our “true north”, our minds should turn to Him, too.  Our answers to those kind of questions could be an indicator to us of how our mind is so firmly entrenched in false ways.

He notes that we’re still so very much like the world of Isaiah’s days (55:9-10): We wait for light, and lo! There is darkness; and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.  We grope like the blind along a wall, groping like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among the vigorous as though we were dead.

Why is this the case?  Willard suggests: “This is all because our minds – perhaps our very brains – need to have the false thoughts and habits washed out of them.  They so badly need to be washed that we rarely understand what life would be like if they were cleansed, and many of us do not even sense the need for cleansing.”

Remember when your mom talked about washing your mouth out with soap?  Maybe it’s time that we pray fervently that our Father will wash our minds out with the Spirit!

Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) – Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.  If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the washing that leads us to cleansing.  We ask you today to wash our minds, for we give you permission to make them over in whatever way you see fit.  Take the dirt out that so easily contaminates us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 10/29/15 – With ALL Your Mind

DayBreaks for 10/29/15: With All Your Mind

In the days of the circuit riders a minister was out riding one afternoon and came upon a man out working in his field.

“Fine day isn’t it?” the minister called out.

“It is fine for you”, the man replied, “All you have to do is ride around on that horse thinking about God all day long, while I have to sweat here in this field and then walk home afterward. I don’t think it is right you should have things so easy while I have to work so hard.”

“On the contrary”, the minister answered, “thinking about God is one of the most difficult things you can do. And to prove it, I’ll give you this horse if you can think about God and nothing else for one minute.”

“You’re on,” said the man and immediately he sat down in silence. Thirty seconds later he looked up at the minister, and said, “Does that include the saddle?”

Today you’ll have 1440 minutes at your disposal…or 86,400 seconds. How many of those seconds will you be thinking about God? We are to meditate on Him and His word constantly. We are to love him with ALL our mind…how are you doing?

1 Chronicles 16:11 (MSG) – Study GOD and his strength, seek his presence day and night…

TODAY’S PRAYER: Give us a hunger to know You better! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 11/29/11 – On His Mind, Trust #2

DayBreaks for 11/29/11 – On His Mind, Trust #2

You are always on His mind!

While Galen is preparing to move (and moving!) we’ll be publishing from the DayBreaks archive.  New DayBreaks will resume approx. 12/15/11.

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/07/01:

The first key to trust comes in this very simple passage from Luke 12:6-7: “Can you not buy five sparrows for 2 pennies?  And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight.  Why, every hair on your head has been counted.  There is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

As many times as I’ve read and heard this verse, I’d never heard it put this way until I read Ruthless Trust and Brennan Manning put it so simply: “God, by definition, is thinking of me.”  Sure, I know that God sees me and all that I do.  But doesn’t that also mean that He’s ALWAYS thinking of me?  And as a child of His, somehow I believe that when He does think of me (which is all the time), He smiles.  And as His child, when he thinks of you (which is all the time), He smiles.  Does that mean that at times He isn’t displeased with me?  No, of course not!  As parents we know better.  But my daughter is still my daughter, my sons are still my sons, and when I think of them I smile inside and out.  I hope that they don’t make mistakes, but nonetheless, they are mine – and I love them.  And I am His – and He loves me.

What does it mean to know that God is thinking of you all the time?  Several things:

FIRST: the obvious – there is never a moment that you aren’t on His mind.  He is aware of what is happening to you.

SECOND: because He is constantly thinking of you and aware of what is happening to you, He is always looking out for your well-being.  If a car were coming down the street towards your child as you watched them playing, you’d get them out of harm’s way.  Believe it or not (and I know there are times when it doesn’t FEEL like this is true) – God whisks His children out of harm’s way, too.  At moments, we’re sure that God failed to grab us because we got hit by the Mack truck coming down the highway of our life.  But trust tells us that it can’t possibly be true that He has abandoned us or that He isn’t doing what is best for us – even when it doesn’t seem or feel like it.  God just can’t do something that is ultimately harmful to/for His children.  Do you believe that?  That is trust – God can’t be tempted with evil and works all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

…this kind of trust is acquired only gradually and most often through a series of crises and trials.  Through the indescribable anguish on Mount Moriah with his son, Isaac, Abraham learned that the God who had called him to hope against hope was eminently reliable and that the only thing expected of him was unconditional trust.  The great old man models the essence of trust in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures: to be convinced of the reliability of God.”  (Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust)

If you’re struggling with the left-over pain of feeling like the truck has hit you going full speed, hold on.  Don’t give up.  Contemplate His promises.  Understand that you haven’t disappeared from His sight – not for one nanosecond.  And you haven’t disappeared from His mind – for this very moment, and every moment of your darkness – He is thinking of you.  He knows exactly where you are at.  He knows exactly what you are feeling.  He knows exactly how hard it is to hold on against the pain and darkness that is trying to swallow you up.  There is a purpose that may only become clear long after your present ordeals are over.  But when He shows it to you, you’ll nod, fall at His feet and praise Him for it and for His infinite wisdom.  But until then, will you trust Him?  He’s thinking about you, you know!

PRAYER: How delightful to know that You are always thinking of us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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