“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” vs. 8
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is universally loved and appreciated, mainly because of verses like this. And what a gem this one is! As we read these carefully chosen words we can actually imagine that he is writing to us. We face a daily barrage of information from radio, television, and the internet–and so much of what we hear is depressing and inflammatory. We’re encouraged by our culture to think about corruption, predation, threats, and slander of every kind. By the time we go to bed at night, our brains are bursting with images and phrases that keep us from sleep and increase anxiety. Paul encourages us to direct our thoughts in other directions and focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, and commendable. Some might doubt that this is even possible given the depravity of the times, but others seem to pull it off. We see it in their demeanors and attitudes, by the smiles that never seem to leave their faces, and we love to hang with them. Their positivity is uplifting and even contagious. It’s not that they are unaware of the world’s ugliness, but they refuse to focus on it…and they are indeed a blessing in the community of faith. They are models for us all!
Thought for the Day: What is worthy of praise in my world today?