Week 25 Thursday


Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 5-6

Key verse: Proverbs 6:18

     Imagination is a wonderful thing.  Early on in life I discovered the joys of pretending to be one of King Arthur’s nights; a cowboy on the range; an astronaut exploring some far corner of Mars.

     Our mind, coupled with a compassionate heart, can imagine wonderful things and often bring them to fruition.

     But our minds and hearts can do other things too – far darker things.

     That’s why the book of Proverbs, in cataloging a few of the things God “detests” lists this one:

     “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations….”

     Various translations say it differently; a heart that

  • Devises wicked schemes
  • Is set on wicked plans
  • Manufactures wicked thoughts and plans
  • Hatches evil plots

But I particularly like the old King James Version – wicked “imaginations.”

     It reminds me that long before any real, palpable damage is done – to us or others – it’s cooked up in our brain.  We think about it; ruminate on it; work out all the details.  Then and only then do we take action.

     So, it follows suit that we can think – we “imagine” the opposite – we can think on things that are noble and positive and pure and helpful.  Fill your head with those kinds of thoughts and good things are bound to follow.

     Leave the wicked imaginations to others.  Let yours make the world a better a place.


Prayer: Lord, fill my mind with what you desire.  AMEN.






By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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