What Do You Think About? – Philippians 4:8

What do you think about during the course of a day. There are any number of things that we need to spend time thinking about. Doing my job. Driving the car. Fixing meals. The conversation I am having. And on and on.

But how often are your thoughts something you would be embarrassed to have made public. Like the little comic strip word bubbles. But instead of your words, the bubble would contain your thoughts. I suspect that would get most of us in big trouble

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.

Philippians 4:8 NIV

In this passage Paul tells us to think instead about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. I can not always control the thoughts that flit through my mind. But I can certainly control the ones I dwell on. Fill your mind with godly thoughts.

But why should I fill my mind with godly thoughts? What’s wrong with thinking about worldly things? One reason is that we are to love God with our minds (Mark 12:30). And thinking ungodly thoughts is at odds with that.

The other reason is that what I spend time thinking about is what I become. My external life is really a reflection of my interior life. If I am ungodly in my thoughts, I will be ungodly in my actions (Matt. 15:18-19). If I am godly in my thought, my actions will follow suit.

So what do you think about throughout your day?

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