Common Sense

In the 1700’s, in the days just prior to the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote a little pamphlet entitled, “Common sense.” In the pamphlet, Paine laid out the reasons the colonies should declare their independence from Great Britain.
My Dad used the phrase “common sense” a lot. I can remember him saying something like,”Gregg, use some common sense.”And, as you can imagine, it was normally after I had done something in which I hadn’t used “common sense.” But what is common sense?
Think about the two words… “Common” and “sense.” “Common” means that anyone can have it. You don’t have to have a Ph.D to have common sense. You don’t have to be wealthy to have common sense. Common sense is something anyone can have.
Proverbs 3:21 says, “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them.”
So just what is, common sense?
Common sense is doing the right thing. When you are making decisions, ask yourself,”What is the right thing to do?” That is using common sense.
Common sense is spending money wisely.
Common sense is abstaining from anything that can hurt your body.
Common sense is doing things that are for the common good.
Common sense means doing the right thing.
Common sense means not acting impulsively but instead, thinking things through.
And the list could go on but you get the idea.
Maybe this represents a good definition of common sense; It means doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.
When you consider Christianity, to me, it makes common sense to follow Jesus Christ. No one has ever loved anyone, like Jesus loves us. Jesus freely offers us salvation and in return, Jesus wants us to live for Him. Living the Christian life, at least to me, makes common sense.
Today, each one of us should strive to use common sense as we go about the day.

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