“Finally, brothers, 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 these things.” Philippians 4:8
What a timely encouragement rings in these old, true words!
Now, more than ever before, do we need to be reminded of them.
I don’t know about you, but this past little while has felt especially difficult. Compounding world events, unprecedented tragedies, personal heartaches, and conflicting information have all combined together to cause a juggernaut of worry. It’s all felt like too much to bear. If that weren’t enough, we are also living in a time of “too much information”, where condensed facts, manufactured outrage and pundit platforms are all battling hard to keep our minds engaged in current affairs. The construct of our society seems to demand that we have an opinion on everything and so we are deluged every day with a thousand things to dwell on that cause us strife, anxiety, division, and discouragement. This is aggravated of course by the presence of social media in our lives. A simple scroll in the morning is enough to send one into a dangerous spiral of uncertainty and fear. It’s no wonder our minds are so easily filled with things to weigh us down. And when our preoccupation becomes polluted with the things of this world, our bones grow weary. Our souls ache. Our hearts break. Our relationships strain. Our faith wavers.
This is why I find this exhortation from the apostle Paul so lovely, so on point for today’s believers. He lays out in clear language the things that should be the meditation of our minds and hearts. And every single one brings us back to the One who is oh, so eager to fill us up with His goodness that there is no further room for all that causes clutter.
As our thoughts become filled with our dear Lord Jesus, with His beautiful person, with His soon return for us – then the things of this earth will grow strangely dim. With our mind stayed on Him, the perfect peace that the enemy tries so desperately to take from us, will take hold to calm our hearts and soothe our spirits.
After all, “you will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts you.” Isaiah 26:3
How do we keep our minds stayed on Him? By meditating on Him.
Beloveds, He is true.
He is honourable.
He is just.
He is pure.
He is lovely.
He is commendable.
He is excellent.
He is worthy of praise.
Let’s think on Him, shall we?
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Busy mom of two sweet girls and two rambunctious boys, I reside in southern Ontario with my husband. In between flipping houses, our travels to the east coast where I grew up and raising our small family for God’s glory, we have our hands utterly full and would have it no other way! More of my writing can be found following me on Instagram: @annalynneredbone; Facebook: Anna Lynne Redekop