I am a ponderer. I record many of my ponderings here on this blog. What does it mean to ponder?
To Ponder means…
To weigh in the mind with thoroughness and care.
I like that definition. Yes, to ponder is to weigh in the mind. This is a good thing. A very good thing in my opinion.
I’m thinking that more pondering might result in less regrets, fewer thoughtless words, more intentional living. This is exactly what I desire for my life.
While we don’t want to lose spontaneity and flexibility, there are so many times we could save ourselves (and those around us) a great deal of grief by pondering a bit before we take an action or blurt out words; even true or well intentioned words. We should weigh carefully what the results may be.
In the following Scripture Mary has been a participant and first hand witness of marvelous occurrences! Perhaps she said what others sometimes say in awe-inspiring moments. “There are no words.” Perhaps it was all so mind-boggling that she could not share in the natural what was super-natural.
“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
In this day of social media it is so easy to spew out your words before you’ve tasted their flavor and tested their value. A hasty comment, a reply that is scathing, a status that sends a poison arrow in someone’s direction who has offended you (without names of course), can cause unnecessary hurt, drama and conflict.
Even hastily sharing the most wonderful news can result in hurt feelings and offenses. Some things are meant to be treasured and pondered for a while.
“Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” Proverbs 4:26