Philippians 4:8—Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. (NIV)
Whenever my mind wanders to whiny, negative places, I search God’s grocery shelves for nicer thoughts to put into my shopping cart.
As I stock up on thoughts like these, eventually my behaviour follows suit. It changes because I thought on better things. Let’s practice right now.
THOUGHT-Joe has bad breath. I am going to say so. Is this a true thought? Yes…but is it noble? Likely not. Right? Well, one can’t doubt one’s senses…Maybe.
Pure?…. Debatable. Lovely? —-Not likely! Admirable…Not! Excellent?—- No way! Praiseworthy…You know the answer!
BETTER THOUGHT- Joe is my friend and I choose not to hurt his feelings. True, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy?
Now what are you thinking about?
Prayer: Father God thanks for your clear master list. Help us to shop in your grocery store regularly. Amen.