Do My Talents Actually Matter In The World?

Thinking has become a lost art in modern society. In many churches I attended, members who ventured into thinking were often labelled heretics. On the flip side, in all the companies I have worked, employees who devoted their time to thinking were often called lazy. Such views left me wondering why God create my brain…

Think. And enjoy the experience

Is thinking heretical and a form of idleness?

Christians often looked down upon their vocational gifts because of the misconception that God only calls people to be spiritual leaders. Scientists, lawyers, physicians, college professors are looked down upon as people with less calling. Funny enough, their monetary contribution is always accepted.

It is unfortunate that Christians misunderstand the the gifts God grant to his people.

Lazy heretic

I am a student, a graduate student at the moment. Every month I am paid a few hundred dollars to do only two things, think and then do what I thought. A few days ago, my supervisor was on my case, I was doing too much thinking and not enough doing. In conclusion, he said, “You are a below average student, the least productive student I ever had.” I guess he totally agreed with Thomas Alva Edison.

“Genius: one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

This is the sad reality of the world we are living in today, where a headless chicken trying to cross a road is celebrated, but careful thinking is vilified. A decade ago, I walked into a certain attorney’s office. As I waited for my turn to be attended to, a sign on the wall captured my attention. It inspired me to have what I called, thinking walks. Every Saturday, I would walk around my neighborhood, for one reason. Thinking.

Thinking has become a lost art in modern society. In many churches I attended, members who ventured into thinking were often labelled heretics. On the flip side, in all the companies I have worked, employees who devoted their time to thinking were often called lazy. Such views left me wondering why did God create my brain.

Right there in the attorney’s office, I found a secret that led me to be called a heretic in many church circles and lazy in many companies.

THINK. And enjoy the experience

Introducing Chronicles of a kid next door

When I received the life of Christ, I had dream. I wanted to be the best Christian, sinless, patient, knowledgeable of scriptures, popular for good works and godly in every way. Twelve years down the line, I have not achieved any of that. I had two options.

  1. God lied that if we are in Christ we are new creatures and the old has passed. For the past twelve years, I have nothing, but a new creature, so it seems. I lie, I have secrets, I sin almost everyday and the list goes own, but the Bible said I have dominion over sin.
  2. There is something about the word of God that I do not know, something that causes me to be aware more of my shortcomings than the goodness of God. If God did not lie, I might be the one lying by believing I have the new life or believing I do not have the new life.

I am a kid from next door, I do not have an advanced theological training, except for a one year at a school of ministry. I write about the things I learn as I think about everyday issues, probably in the restroom, taking a shower, walking to school or after an argument with my wife. I am grateful that Christ sees it fit for His grace to abound in my weakness and cover my multitude of sins teaching me to deny all ungodliness (Titus 2:11-12).

If you battle with the same issue, what Francis Schaeffer called ‘the problem of reality’ in True Spirituality, then the articles on this website are for you too. The reason I write is for myself, I learn more by writing, if these self-notes help you as well, then we give thanks to God for the grace.

I called this website Grace Musing: A Chronicle of a kid next door because this a collection of everyday reflections of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. The name embodies what Kevin DeYoung explained in a post in The Gospel Coalition called Give me the doubly offensive Jesus, please.

The church is offended by His inclusivity, and the world is offended by His exclusivity.


Scripture Thought

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8 ESV

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6 Comments

  1. I’ve only read a few of your posts so far, but I love this blog so far. I’m so glad you followed me because it caused me to have a look here, and I appreciate what I have found. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

    This post particularly caught my attention because I have the same question, why did God create my brain? I was raised to believe it is a worthy cause just to try to learn and gain knowledge (and if possible, wisdom, of course). But that is not valued in society unless it makes money, it seems. I am a physics student, and while I am thinking how wonderful it is that God created this universe, my classmates and professors just care about making machines more efficient and, like I said, making money.

    Then when I go to many churches, thinking is not very valued either. If you look at a different translation of the Bible, or you think the earth is 4.5 billion years old, or whatever, people do accuse you of being a heretic! Even in this day and age when we think we are so advanced and open-minded! I do thank God though that after several years, I have found a church that is not so hostile to people thinking and searching through the Scriptures themselves. I know we cannot lean on our own understanding, but I believe that God gave me the gift of reason, so shouldn’t I thank Him by trying to use it?

    Again, I’m sorry I write LONG comments. Anyway, great blog, like I said. God bless you and your family! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the follow and the encouraging comment. I think many times we have missed the goodness of God because we separated the brain from the Bible. I studied chemistry, but now biological sciences. I have always been fascinated by how atoms and all that crazy stuff can be God’s personalized message to me. In one post, I hope I write about that. Thank you, one again. I enjoy long posts because they always have a gem that lift me up in my Christian walk.

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  2. From what I’ve read about Einstein he spent a lot of time thinking and pondering the universe. It wasn’t even possible to test out his ideas in reality, not then anyway. You seem to be in good company. 🙂

    I hope things have improved with your supervisor since you wrote this post.

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