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If Only I Would’ve Thought of That

December 1, 2015 by  
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Everybody knows certain situations call for some serious thinking. My problem, and I think I share with other people still breathing, I do things without thinking them through.

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is always thinking up something new. Often she will complain to me that she has a headache. It is no wonder because of all of the thinking she does. If I did half the thinking she did, my head would be thumping for a year.

I look at some things created in the world that have changed the way people live. Often I say to myself, “If only I would’ve thought of that.”  Then,  I rebut myself with the thought that thinking takes a lot of energy and who has energy to spare these days?

When it comes to thinking, I am three winks short of a snooze. Why should I think when everybody else is thinking for me? I come back and say, “Why not?”  What is so bad about other people doing most of the thinking?

There I go thinking again. If only I would just leave it alone and simply enjoy life as it comes.

Perhaps that is what is wrong with people. They just think too much. Something happens and it gets them to thinking about this, which makes them think about that, which then causes them to think about something else, which then causes them to get lost in their thinking.

A great philosopher, I can’t think of who, once said, “I think and therefore I am.”

If only I would’ve thought of that. But in thinking of that, I am a little confused as to what in the world that philosopher meant. Does he mean if I don’t think, therefore I am not?

Me thinketh that he thinketh way too much.

Now I have a headache!

I would not mind if people did some thinking if their tongue was not attached to that thought. Why is it everybody has to tell me what they are thinking at the time they are thinking it?

Invariably somebody will come up and say, “I was just thinking…” I know I am in for an extreme tongue-wagging session and nothing I can do about it. Once somebody gets to thinking, it is very hard to turn off that spigot. 

Then there is that oxymoron when you meet somebody and they begin with, “I was just thinking about you…” For the next 45 minutes, I will have to hear what they had been thinking about me.

Once I was sitting in a cafeteria by myself, drinking some coffee and enjoying the quiet when somebody approached me and said, “Hey, what’re you thinking about?”

It is very awkward when somebody asks me that because I have not been thinking about anything. Is it really important to be always thinking about something? I once responded to someone by saying, “Oh, I’ve been thinking about nothing.” They looked at me rather strange trying to think of what I have not been thinking of at the time. 

The apostle Paul was right when he wrote, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself”   Galatians 6:3

If I am going to think, I want my thoughts to honor God and not be just about myself.  I challenge you to purposeful thinking!


Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail His web site is

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