Out of My Mind by Michael S. Tyrrell
(Sept. 12, 2017)
Once again, I am honored to share my weekly musings with you. I am sure that the title of this week’s musing has peaked your curiosity, so without further adieu, let’s find out why I chose the title, “Out Of My Mind.”
There are two kinds of people in life: people of the head and people of the heart! I had always read that the two basic types of people were givers and takers; however, those labels are merely the “byproducts” of the prime product … people of the head and people of the heart. People who filter everything through their mind trust their intellect (thoughts) to interpret, discern, and make all of their decisions, based on what they know. People who filter everything through their heart trust their intuition (feelings) to interpret, discern, and make all of their decisions, based on what they sense.
Obviously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a brilliant mind … unless that brilliant mind has you! As a young man, I was captivated by knowledge. I read 3 or 4 books a week, loved the dictionary, had an impressive vernacular, and asked a LOT of questions. I wanted to know how everything worked and became quite adept at repairing broken things. You could say I was well on my way to becoming a person of the head. But then, something wonderful happened—I found meaning in verses that changed my mind!
Proverbs 3: 5-7, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” Before my mind had time to rationalize what I read, I saw this:
1 Corinthians 1: 26-29, “Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.”
1 Corinthians 1:19, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the intelligence of the intelligent.” These verses hit me right between the eyes—could following your heart instead of your head really make a difference? Let the words of the apostle Paul answer this question:
2 Corinthians 5:13, “For if we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” The implications are obvious. God isn't moved by our minds … people are! God is the champion of hearts, and He won mine a long time ago! For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. If you want to keep a straight path (the shortest distance between two points), quiet your mind and follow your heart … you won’t regret it! Even though Wholetones is considered cerebral and cutting edge, the truth is, it was birthed out of a volcanic heart, not an overstuffed head. To thine own heart be true!
Until next week, remember there’s a guy in Florida who loves you, and a God in Heaven who loves you even more!
Michael S. Tyrrell
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