by Sandy Kirby Quandt
The Apostle Paul told us in Philippians 4:8 to think on those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. We are to think about those things that are excellent, and worthy of praise.
I try very hard to do that, but you know what? I don’t always succeed.
When I watch the news or read the newspaper some days, my thoughts dwell on what I’m hearing or seeing, and lately, when I think on those things they are anything but true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. More times than not, those things are definitely not excellent and worthy of praise. Just glancing at the pictures that accompany many Yahoo “news” headlines make me question where we’re headed as a society. Definitely not pure.
The times I allow the news to divert my thoughts, I find my attitudes and behaviors are influenced, and I go off in the wrong direction. I replay what I’ve heard over and over and over with no good outcome. If I let them, and I often do, these replays keep me awake at night, and what’s the good in that?
At those times when I dwell on the things of the world instead of those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, I’ve thrown the door wide open for Satan to get into my thoughts and rob my peace.
How about you? What do you do to think on those things Paul tells us in Philippians to think on?
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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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Well said, Sandy! Reminds me of the “Power of Positive Thinking”! Sometimes it is a real challenge!
Marsha, you are so correct about it being a real challenge. Something I struggle with each day. 🙂