Meditating & Producing Good

I’m not much for meditation — or at least not on purpose. The idea of sitting and reflecting or focusing on a thought or an idea isn’t very thrilling for me. I like to do things. I like to be productive and active and meditation seems to be more passive than I’d like to be so I’m not much for meditation.

Except I meditate constantly.

I’m never not thinking about something. When Meri and I were first married and we’d be sitting quietly in the car or in our tiny apartment living room I would often ask her “what are you thinking about?” and she’d say “nothing really.” If you were to ask me the same question I would have had a laundry list that would cover everything I had experienced in the past week, everything I might experience and every problem that could come my way. When I wasn’t thinking through those things my mind would be filled with current events, sports stories and probably some tv show or movie I had recently watched. I am constantly thinking about these things… meditating if you will.

Last week I read Matthew 12 where Jesus says this…

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and it’s fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” -Matthew 12.33–35

Originally published at on August 19, 2015.