There's life in the second thought

This week at our Long Point Road 1st Wednesday service, I gave a short talk about a paradigm shift that is helpful in the joy depleting moments in our lives.

The key thought was this: There is life in the second thought.

The first thought is just observational, the second thought is life giving. As much as possible, live your life in the second thought, not the first one.

I used 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 as a text:
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

What about you?
Do you spend more time in the first thought or the second?

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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Sean Sabourin
Sean Sabourin

Greg, I so enjoyed this video. Thanks for sharing it. After watching the video and re-reading the Scripture you shared, I would have to say I am one who lives in the second thought more than I do in the first thought. So thankful for this.

Derwin Gray
Derwin Gray

Pastor Greg, Thanks for sharing. The second thought locates itself in Jesus who is not only Lord of our circumstances, but who is also the source of power that gives us joy regardless of our circumstances. Derwin