Are You Out Of Your Mind?

I love this thinking thought from James William Fulbright—

“We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about ‘unthinkable things’ because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.”

After you have identified the negative thoughts and you have started thinking creatively, you have to be able to take it further. You have to be able to think unthinkable things.

Too many times we don’t let our minds begin to go into “unknown” places, so we look at everything through the lens of what we’ve experienced in the past. Our thoughts are “in our minds.” When Albert Einstein began to propose that there were more dimensions to our universe than scientists had previously thought, people had a hard time following his reasoning. Even those in the scientific community thought he was “out of his mind.”

One of Einstein’s favorite books was called Flatland. In this book, Square lives in the two-dimensional world that Sphere came to visit. Because Square’s world only has length and width (no height), he can only see the part of Sphere that was on his level. As Sphere moves through Flatland, Square can see different parts of him, but he can never see all of him at the same time. If Sphere moves above Flatland, Square can still hear his voice but cannot see his shape.

So, too, with us. Many times we only perceive what moves through the “line of sight” we have previously experienced. We are—so to speak—in our minds.

But look what God has in store for you—

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)

So here’s how Scripture teaches us to pray—

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.(Ephesians 3:16-20 NLT)

God wants to do infinitely more than you can ask or think. He wants to show you new dimensions of His greatness and His love—notice that Paul goes out of his way to list four dimensions (wide, long, high, deep) even though we live in a three-dimensional world.

Here’s the question: are you OUT of your mind or IN your mind? In other words, are you only looking for things that you know can happen, or are you believing God for things that are completely OUT OF YOUR MIND?

6 Responses to “Are You Out Of Your Mind?”

  1. Tim Redmond Says:

    GREAT thoughts, Craig! You seem a bit “out of the box” (in a good way) as compared to many pastors I know. . .

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  2. Steve Says:

    Great thoughts! I am trying to think out of the box (mind) for the future and see what God has in store.

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  3. Steve Says:

    I must have just had an out of mind moment there, forgot to finish my thought before submitting! The next thing I was going to say was that “I typically limit God in my life and don’t think he will do great works through me. I have determined to not limit God any longer and seek him for his total and complete will.”

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  4. Carla (AC) Says:

    The past few months I have been seeking God’s “next step” for my life. Reading, praying, listening and, hardest for me, waiting. Lately I have confronted my biggest road block, again, and it is one who frequently has haunted and often hindered my ability to see direction and listen to God’s voice—FEAR. A silly four letter word that has had way too much power given the power of the God I seek to serve!

    Interesting that what you are learning and able to phrase in a much more eloquent manner is how to trust, seek, wait and begin to vision something totally outside your expectations, something that maybe even will be frightening. Yet I can see your face of joy and anticipation as I read these words.

    thank you for your thoughtful perspective on “seeking God’s total and complete will” without any limits.

    You are in my prayers and I ask for yours! Blessings. AC

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  5. Kelly L. Mosher Says:

    Craig,
    The thoughts in this post are useful at many different junctures of growth or terrain. I missed having your specifically Spiritual input while I was on vacation. I missed all good outside Spiritual input & had to fly solo physically. Thank God that He’s not limited to time, space or any sort of dimension. I drew on prayer, scripture memory and some Word. Still, life has been very difficult. Fulbright’s ‘unthinkable thing’ for me lately is ” I have been crucified with Christ & I no longer live…- vs21.” We are such complex creatures – I am not unique. Many personas, (thoughts) progressively vied for my life; beaten but faking it, medicated and mad as hec, to set free and seeking peace. Galatians 2:20-21, like no other, helps me to cast down the insane thoughts that still come. “I no longer live”…it’s out of my mind and saving my life.

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    • Craig T. Owens Says:

      Kelly,
      You are out of YOUR mind… and I love it! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, and for allowing the Owens clan to share in your life, too. God has incredible things in store for you, and I can’t wait to see what’s He’s going to do for you next!

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