Underpinnings: Introduction

I would like to coin a new term underpinnings.

Everyone is controlled by certain perspectives and patterns of thinking. Some of them are good, and others are harmful. You can observe a person’s actions, but unless you can understand the person’s thoughts, you won’t understand why they do what they do. I call these underpinnings.

For example, we know that Jesus healed the sick, but why? We know that a cutter hurts himself or herself, but why? We know that a certain businessman decides to secure a profit by expanding, but why?

Life is like an airplane cockpit. We have these perspectives and thoughts in the control center of our brain, and they issue the commands to take off, bank left, bank right, and land. If we want a smooth ride and the proper destination, we need the right thoughts in the control center.

Ironically, the very concept of underpinnings is one of my underpinnings.

As believers, we are on a journey of casting down every thought that is defiant to God. We are renewing our minds, being made more and more in the image of Christ. Every day, we should be moving closer to God’s perspective and God’s way of thinking. You are welcome to challenge me in my assumptions!

In the future, I plan to explore some of these underpinnings that drive my actions. These are some of the most critical assumptions that I make about life. I encourage you to take the time to make a list of some of the defining beliefs that you hold that drive what you do and who you are.

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  1. I’ve recently had the privilege of working with my core underpinnings during some counseling. I’d been believing lies at a heart/core level that would have slowly dragged me into depression had I not addressed those lies and resulting actions. Now, I’m free, as long as Jesus is the one I worship. My counselors gave me a book on the subject of “underpinnings” as you call it, that I really enjoy and that I recommend you buy/read. It is “you’ve been tweeked!” by Bruce Lengeman. It’s a fantastic fable revealing how much the enemy wants to destroy our underpinnings with half-truths. If you read it, you probably won’t look at the enemy in the same way. Blessings in Christ!

  2. I think I’ve heard the same thing described as “core values ” (e.g. http://www.irismin.org/news/newsletters/view/core-values-at-iris)

  3. I’ve got a signed copy sitting on my shelf already. 🙂 You’re right, it’s a fantastic book (and a quick read) and I’d definitely chime in with your recommendation. (In fact, now that you mention it, I’m certain that’s where I got my visualization.)

    Thanks so much for sharing your testimony! Isn’t God good?!

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