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08/11/2008

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Thinking Of The Good Things

"Finally, brothers, 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" (Phil. 4:8).

Clamming is a very lonely and solitary time for me. Usually I am all alone for over 5 or 6 hours at a time, with my thoughts free to wander. The job has small amounts of thought requirement. When you have what I will call, "down time," what does your mind turn to? Are they pleasant thoughts? Are they all of your problems? Do we get hung up thinking about things that we should not be thinking about? It seems that if we want always to think about the tough questions and depressing statistics we could. Is this what we should spend all our time thinking about?

The beauty of Paul's admonition is its brevity and color. Six times he begins with "whatever." He urged his listeners to dwell on those matters that fall under the headings "true," "noble," "right," "pure," "lovely," "admirable."

Of the many words the apostle might have chosen, these are not particularly religious. Among them is not faith, redemption, hope, or salvation. These are actually more social words than religious ones. Paul seems to be saying that the outcome of the Christian life ought to be a well-ordered relationship with his neighbors.

Give this some thought, please. What one dwells on defines his character. The mark of mature Christian living is a well-kept mind. To some degree what one thinks and becomes, is a product of choices. Paul presupposes what he wants his mind to dwell on. This may not always be true, but in most instances, one chooses his outlook toward God, other people, and the future.

Paul urged his readers to consider, meditate upon, and set their minds on the kinds of qualities that will bring them peace with God and give them joy. So during your day today, as your mind begins to wander, with what will they be filled? Paul has given us some wonderful things to just "think about." Things that just might help us to have a more joyful and peaceful day.

Have a great beginning to your week...Let you light shine for Him...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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