Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
What are you thinking about?
These past few months have been a whirlwind. I had sort of abandoned some things that were peaceable to me, due to a couple of disturbing issues. I let myself be moved to fretting and negative emotion, which is normal and human. However, I have been in that place too long. I have a diminished capacity for gloom, my friends. Too much literally sucks the life out of me. In becoming overwhelmed, I had forgotten this, but I’d like to challenge myself with the mantra for positive thinking. Philippians 4:8 will bring you back to optimistic thought.
- What is true (fact or reality)? I had a setback. Got my feelings hurt. Hit a wall. Stayed down. Now…I’m standing, dusted off and back on the road. It’s small progress, but it’s progress.
- What is honest (sincere and without deceit)? I missed myself. I miss a lot of things, but at this moment, a separation is necessary. Even though I don’t like it, I acknowledge it. I will be fine.
- What is just (fair)? This part of the journey is just. I may be called, but I am not exempt. God gives us good and allows bad. We are strengthened in these times. Our feelings in rugged places are also justified. As with anything else, we have to keep them in check because that’s the only way to keep a proper perspective.
- What is pure (clear or untainted)? God’s love is pure…it is clear and untainted. So is His word. Simple. Complete. Enough.
- What is lovely (appealing or engaging)? The journey forward is lovely. It’s calling out to us. It appeals to us to come on…because it has more to offer. “Hope and a future” are lovely. “An expected end” is lovely. “ALL THINGS working together for our good” is lovely. “Victory belonging to Jesus” is lovely. Being “more than a conqueror” is lovely. And being able to look at life and “count it all joy” is lovely.
- What is the good report? You and I. WE are the good report…that we are still here. We survived. We were taught something. We persevered. Parts of us healed. We mended relationships. We stood on God’s word. The enemy’s attacks failed. Sickness became wellness. Trouble became triumph. Fear became determination. Loss became gain. Sin became righteousness. Ideas became reality. Chaos became peace. Doubt became destiny. Negativity became positivity. Shame became confidence. Broken spirits became an empowered generation.
What are you thinking about? In what sense are you thinking about it?
The order here is relevant and intentional. You’ve got to be truthful and honest with yourself in order to even begin the process…and the process is one of breaking down to build up. Once you have the facts laid out without deceit, you can judge things fairly and have a thought process going forward that is without blemish. Then, you can see and understand what is lovely, and what is lovely appeals to every part of you, engages you, inspires you. The good report hangs at the end of lovely. That’s why you’ve got to really think on these things. You won’t get to the good report without lovely; and you won’t get to lovely without purity, or without truth. Resurrect a positive outlook with a Philippians 4:8 mindset. There is a good report waiting to be found. There is virtue waiting to be tapped into and experienced. There is a praise waiting to be released! Start thinking.