If jotting down ideas was good enough for Pascal, then it’s a good idea.


Before his death in 1662, the philosopher Blaise Pascal was preparing a new book, an apology for the Christian faith. He hadn’t finished his work and only had fragments, notes to put together in the right order, which he had only started to do – put his draft notes together into a cohesive form.

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Anyone who has written a thesis is familiar with the exercise. At some point after his death someone edited them, and they were published in 1670 with the title, Pensées, simply translated as “thoughts.”

I love the title because I can relate to the idea that sometimes his job, or his mission in life, never seems finished and I myself struggle to get some of my stuff, including random thoughts, in a certain sense of order, in the time that I have left. It seems like whenever I’m ready to put my own thoughts together, another chapter develops that I have to deal with.

With the recent events in Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of September 11, some reactionary thoughts have occurred to me. With limited space, I’m jotting down a sample here, as Forrest Gump would point out, for no particular reason. Maybe God has a reason for you to read them.

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but be careful not to be alarmed. (Matthew 24: 6-7).

“… don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today there are enough problems of its own (Matthew 6: 33-34).

“I have learned to be happy no matter what.” (Philippians 4:12).

Before you retire for the night, take a moment and jot down three things for which you are grateful.

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