Time to Think; Something to Think Upon
I have noticed something about fellow public transportation users: unless drawn into conversation, they are quiet. They seem to be–thinking!
Remember the Walkman? At the time they debuted my son was a newspaper carrier in his early teens. He sure wanted that handy gadget that would play music into his ears through a small headset. He saved his route money with dreams of having music wherever and whenever he wanted. However, his dad put the brakes on the idea. Since I happen to like quiet places, it was no argument from me of Dad’s decision. No walkman blocking out sound that might endanger a person, and certainly not when walking behind the lawnmower.
The reasoning behind the restriction was that everyone needs time to think. I agree. I agreed back then in the 1980’s and I still agree. Ear buds plugged into iPods do not lend time to unclogging the mind and thinking. Meditation is a lost art.
Music does not help me think; it interrupts my thinking. Before I know it, I am following a rhythm pattern, or melody line, or dreaming up some harmony parts. If I were a professional musician, then I suppose that would be profitable. God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things when the mind is allowed the freedom to “think on these things” Those things listed in Philippians are lovely, of good report, pure, just, true, honest, and virtuous. (Phil.4:8)
Unless I slow down, I don’t think about that list of things, do you? Just this morning I was thinking about . . . and guess what, it was quiet. I caught myself thinking about Jesus in blue jeans, golf shirt, and baseball cap. You might say, “That isn’t very deep.” Maybe not. But I was also thinking about how ordinary Jesus must have looked. When He called to the fishermen from the shore, he looked like anyone else on the shores of Galilee. Taking a second look John said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” Today, Jesus would not stand out in a crowd with a snazzy, expensive business suit. Somehow, though, I don’t think of Him as jiving down the street with ear buds hooked into an iPod. His very demeanor would tell us “Here is a serious, deep thinking man.”
You choose, of course, whether you want to be known as a thinking person or just one of the mainstream, noisy crowd. There is no need to be peculiar; rather, it is a need to be particular. Here’s the list again: true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous. Think on those things.
In case you are wondering, yes, my son did get a walkman; no, he did not use it cutting grass. Later, I bought one for myself to use for studying in graduate classwork. 🙂