"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about such things. What you have learned and received and seen in me (Jesus), practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
I've always loved Philippians 4 for the "do not be anxious" verses. What great words for a gal like me to have at her disposal. This morning though, I was reading over verse 8 over and over. Then to verse 9. Not only does Christ ask us to think on such things, he asks us to practice them.
Eek, the hard part! Practice! For me, it helps to make lists (of course.) I wrote down what to think on, and then something practicable to go with it. For example,
Practice thinking on whatever is lovely:
Praying for and thanking the women in my life who are role models for loving Jesus.
Practice thinking on whatever is commendable:
Verbalizing to my husband that I appreciate his love for me and his diligence and leadership for our family.
Practice thinking on anything worth praise:
Praising a God who saves us and loves us A God that is sovereign over every detail of our sometimes chaotic lives. A God who is present and available to us even though we are so undeserving.
Yes, think on such things. But also, put that thinking into practice. Get on it!
Have a wonderful day my friends! I'm thankful for you!
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