You have circled the downtown Manhattan block five times searching for a parking place. Finally you see someone pull out and quickly pull up parallel to the car in front of the vacated space, preparing to back in. Just then your rearview mirror reveals a 6’6”, 300 pound biker pulling a huge Harley into your space.
You have developed a biblical worldview, which informs you that God is working all things together for your good. Therefore, you spontaneously respond by praising God, confident that He has an even better parking place for you. You also reflect on the command to love your enemies, and since this biker now fills that role, you start to pray blessings on his day.
Well, maybe your spontaneous response actually looks somewhat different, your thoughts formulating messages you would like to deliver to your new friend if he weren’t so big.
In other words, you may find a significant dissonance between your worldview and your thought-life.
This conflict between worldview and thought-life constitutes a frequent condition for most people. For example, our biblical worldview often gives guidance regarding diet that differs substantially from our thought-life related to food.
This conflict is significant because it is not what we know, our worldview, but what we think about that determines our values, interests, attitudes, and ultimately our actions. Think about giving the biker a piece of your mind long enough and you will become angry and miserable, perhaps even being tempted toward some very unadvisable actions. Think about that second piece of tiramisu long enough and it will be magically transported from the table to your stomach.
Not our worldview but our thought-life comprises the change agent, the rudder of our lives. Where is your thought-life steering you today?