“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
In recent years, we have seen our share of tragic events that we had little control over. Hurricanes, earthquakes, financial meltdowns, upheavals in various parts of the world all give us a feeling of helplessness. We have no control over these things. But we can control how we think about things.
Take, for example, depression. Many people feel despondent when things don’t go their way, or turn out the way they expected. None of us feels good when this happens, but we need to keep focused. The words in this verse serve as reminders how we are to think. When we meditate on things true, noble, right, pure, and so forth, our minds stay focused on things that please God.
Let’s consider envy. It’s a cruel beast that plays no favorites. Your friend gets a new car you wanted, or a co-worker receives a promotion you were eyeing, and you’re left with nothing. Then you start to zoom in on the whys and wherefores, and begin to stew about opportunities you keep missing. It’s not long before you lose your joy and begin resenting others for what they have and what you don’t have. We have all been there, and lived to experience the grief that such thinking brings. God has a much better way.
When we’re tempted to think negatively, we need to redirect our thoughts to those things that bring joy, hope, and love. We need to ponder them, and meditate long upon them. If you need help doing this, start thinking about the life of Christ. Recall His gentleness, forgiving spirit, and love for all He came into contact with. When he was reviled, He did not revile back, nor did He threaten others (1 Pet. 2:23). We need the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
In conclusion, take charge of your thoughts. Don’t allow them to drift, but instead think about the wholesome things God wants us to ponder. Don’t let missed opportunities drag your mind down, and refuse to brood over the good fortunes of others. As you trust God, and direct your mind heavenward, God will keep you in His love and bless your souls with peace, love, and contentment.
Posted on Wed, March 28, 2012
by Sam Petitfils