Love and Attention

What are you thinking? Thousands of thoughts cross our mind through the day. Many people even complain that they can’t sleep immediately after going to bed as their brain does not stop thinking.

According to a study published by psychologists at Queens University in Kingston Canada, the average person has 6,200 thoughts per day. The researchers called these “thought worms”, the beginning and the end of specific moments when an individual is focused on a single idea. 

If the average person lives approximately 26,000 days, multiplied times 6,200 thoughts per day, that equals 161 million thoughts in a lifetime. 

In an ancient book of songs, a shepherd king writes, “How precious to me are your thoughts God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I’m awake I’m still with you.” *

There are roughly 7,800,000,000 people living on the planet at this moment. If God knows each thought of each person who has ever lived, the number would be beyond comprehension. 

In the movie Lady Bird, there is an exchange between Sister Sarah Joan and Lady Bird.

“You certainly love Sacramento.” 

“I do?” 

“You write about Sacramento so affectionately and with such care.” 

“I was just describing it.”

“Well, it comes across as love.”

“Sure, I guess I pay attention.” 

“Don’t you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?”

Have you thought of this? 

Your every thought, past, present, and future, are known. Known and considered. Known and understood.

God pays attention because He loves you and because He can.

*Psalm 139:17-18

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