Friday, May 3, 2013

Ratiocination... (rash-ee-os-uh-NEY-shuhn)

Ratiocination is the process of logical reasoning. Logical reasoning is part of our ability to use self-control and self-control is our ability to control ourselves thereby expressing our true inner selves rather than our reactive selves to those that see and hear us. Ever had trouble expressing how you truly feel? Why do we have trouble expressing our true feelings? One word that comes to mind is fear. Fear of what? Being vulnerable perhaps...

They say the bible has "fear not" 365 times, one "fear not" for everyday. The truth of the matter is that its closer to 100 then 365 depending on the version you are reading. However that's still a lot of "fear not's", don't you think? Fear has a way of stopping things from happening. Its probably all part of the flight, fight, or freeze response that we share with the animal kingdom. But God set us apart from that kingdom whether we accept His gift of faith that He gives to all of mankind as outlined in Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. So does that mean animals don't use ratiocination? I think they do but they do it out of instinct whereas we use our free will. Everything about us is the exercise of our free will. If we choose to use self-control or not it is born of our free will.

But as for me and my household we will serve the lord...

Bob Dylan said it best in his song 'Gotta Serve Somebody" It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody. 

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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