Reflecting or Ruminating? I’ve Been Ruminating!

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 <photo by me … some days I’m no different from the cows … just chewing the cud over and over … ruminating>

“…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

‘Reflections of … the way life used to be,’ sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes.  I recently saw Diana Ross minus The Supremes … what a performance from the 71 y/o Diva.

A few days later, I walked along the waterway, admiring the reflections of the buildings on the water. I quickly snapped the photo as the fading sunset framed my ‘model.’

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<photo by me … San Mateo, CA>

Reflecting … Ruminating … what is the difference?  Reflecting is pretty … happy memories. Ruminating recalls those life altering episodes … where we think about what would’ve, should’ve, could’ve been.

Today’s blog focuses on ruminating.  Our minds dig a hole … deeper and deeper we fall, becoming mired in the mud … and into the dark.

How often do you ruminate … thoughts that move you away from the gift of today (the present), back to darkness?

We often justify ruminating by falsely thinking we are being productive.  ‘Could I have done something different?’   We then press the replay button of life repeatedly.

It’s like the cows that seem to chew the same piece of cud over and over and over.  Reality is the cows are accomplishing more than we are.

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<unknown cow … chewing its cud …  photo by Shutterstock>

We must ask ourselves when looking back:   <Do we ever accomplish anything? Does it make us feel any better?  Are there ever any new answers we receive?  Did ‘our event’ make any more sense today than it did the last time we ruminated?>

My answer to all four of the above questions is ‘No!’ There have been no revelations providing any clarity or relief as to why my 18 year old suffered a massive stroke.  Do you ever get answers?

We need to consider first if there is a problem that we are able to solve.  If so, then make a plan to solve it. But, if there is not, then we need to press toward ‘swallowing the cud’ … knowing that there are things in life that are unfair and unfortunate … out of our control.

For most, ruminating is inevitable … we are human.  When it begins, allow yourself an allotted amount of time <about a minute, no more>, and then declare, ‘These thoughts only steal my joy that I am fighting and pressing toward.  Enough is enough!”  Turn off the darkness and look toward the Light … it is a purposeful action and decision.

‘Reflections of … the way life used to be,‘ … maybe we should all be reflecting on what life is today and what it is going to be.

Remember that …

Our Joy and Hope lies in knowing that “we serve a God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” Exodus 3:20

Pressing Toward Joy thought of the day:  Think about what you are thinking about!

<Next blog … may be without my desktop for a few days … but soon>

 

 

 

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