Everyone Can Read Your Mind

This article was published in the following newspapers:

Norris City Banner – Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Ridgway News – Thursday, December 20, 2007
Gallatin County Democrat – Thursday, December 20, 2007
Anna-Melissa Tribune – Friday, April 4, 2008

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Everyone Can Read Your Mind

I can read your mind.  Everyone can.  I actually know what you are thinking about.  You are thinking about reading this newspaper.  You have probably been reading it for a while.  In fact, reading this newspaper is so important to you at this particular moment, that nothing else seems more important.  If anything else was more important to you right now, then you would be doing that, instead of reading this.

Your actions match your priorities.  If you choose to do something, it is because you have mentally placed a priority on doing it.  Some people have perfect lawns, but haven’t read many books.  That is because they think yard work is more important than reading books.  Some people watch television, but have dirty homes.  That is because they think watching TV is more important than cleaning house.  Your actions show everyone who you really are inside.  When it comes to your priorities, everybody can read your mind.

How important is God?  How high of a priority is it to worship Him?  If I asked you, you would probably tell me that worshipping God is very important.  But what if I ignored your words, and just looked at your actions?

Do you read this newspaper every week, but not the Bible?  If so, then you value the writing of men more than the writing of God.

Do you watch football every week, but you don’t go to Church and worship God?  If so, then you think football is more important than God.

Do you send your kids to public school, but not to Sunday school?  If so, then you are teaching your kids that math and science are more important than salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life.

If you don’t put God first in your own life, then don’t be surprised if your children totally ignore God when they get older.  They are walking in your footsteps.

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Are you on the road to heaven?  Are you taking your family on the road to heaven?  Don’t bother telling me whether you call Jesus “Lord”.  Just show me your life, show me your actions, and I will know whether Jesus is important to you or not.

Your actions reveal your thoughts for everyone to see.  I can read your mind.  Everyone can.

~ Joseph M. Gleason

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About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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