think on these things

Here I offer a short devotional based on Philippians 4:8. It would be perfect to share with a small group or committee, or to use for your personal reflection.

I really love this verse. It’s an important reminder to us about where our focus is. As a rule, it’s best for our focus to be on good things. Positive things. Splendid things. Sometimes we get off track. At least I do.

As far as I’m concerned, this is the greatest challenge in all of scripture. I find it exceedingly difficult to control my thoughts. I get caught up in daydreams, worry over something I said, concern about what I have to do next, or reliving an intense experience. What am I accomplishing with this type of thinking? Absolutely nothing. And yet….

It’s a matter of FOCUS. Is my focus on myself, my problems, my goals, my needs, or is my focus on Christ? If Christ is my focus, then I naturally think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. That is a much better way to live, because it’s free of guilt, worry, dread, and anxiety. 

How to do this? I think it helps to daily ask God for help. Try a simple daily prayer and meditation:

Holy God, fill me and renew my mind today. Control my thoughts. Give me an affinity for good things that are pleasing to you. Amen.

Then spend a few minutes reciting Philippians 4:8. Reflect on a particular one of the positive descriptors listed. Return your mind to that verse throughout the day. 

Let’s tackle this challenge together. 

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