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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9, emphasis added
“Whatcha thinking about?” I ask my daughter. “Just stuff,” she answers. Isn’t that the truth about all of us … we’re just thinking about “stuff.” But so often it isn’t the right “stuff.” Our thoughts lead to jealousy and coveting, irritation and frustration … because we are not thinking about “whatever.” In Elizabeth George’s book, Loving God with All Your Mind, she shares an epiphany she had relating to these verses:
Suddenly God’s Word seemed to be screaming at me, “Elizabeth, stop thinking on things that are not true or real!” (20)
Maybe that’s just where you need to start. When a thought comes into your mind, ask yourself if it’s true … especially those thoughts that leave you feeling hopeless and insecure. Measure your thoughts by the truth of God’s Word and keep your mind stayed on what He says.
Lord, I confess that I spend a lot of time dwelling on thoughts not based in truth … feelings not based in the reality of Your Word. Forgive me for not walking in truth and for not taking those thoughts captive through the power of Your Spirit at work in me. Cause me to gauge all my thoughts through You … teach me to be mindful of truth and purity, of excellence, justice, and those things worthy of praise. I know that it is through Your Word my mind and heart are transformed so give me a passion and thirst for Scripture and then work in me that I will live out – in thought and deed – what You have revealed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.