For the months of March and April, Defying Shadows will be dedicating their weekends to sharing Wisdom from the Bible! Be on the lookout for some great posts from some great guest posters, past and new! Today, Kara will share her thoughts on Philippians 4:8! ~Nichole
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.
Think over this last week. Can you remember conversations you had, or things that happened? How did they leave you feeling? When I look back on my week, I can remember all of the difficult moments and challenges that I faced, but the good things that happened are much harder to remember.
In general, I think it’s easier to dwell on the negative than the positive. The part of this verse that I find most convicting is “if anything is excellent or praiseworthy” we should be thinking about those things. I spend a lot of my day thinking about all of the negatives in my life – meanwhile there’s good happening all around.
Thinking about anything excellent or praiseworthy – what could that look like for you? For me, it’s driving to school and enjoying the sunshine. It’s appreciating my friends even when we disagree. It’s living a life that can look past the not so great, and see the good happening in the background.
Can you imagine what your life could look like if you consistently thought about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy? I picture a person who is filled with joy!
I’m not saying this is easy. This is hard, and it’s a journey – but it can happen! We serve a God who is capable of infinitely more than we can imagine, and He’s working in us. Pray that He would begin a transformation in your thoughts. As your inward thoughts begin to change, so will your outward emotions. This is a start to a life of joy – in the good AND in the bad.
Kara Radmore is a student at the University of Windsor working towards a BSW. She’s also the Student Ministries Coordinator at Heritage Park Alliance Church, working with youth from grades 6-12. While balancing both of these roles, she’s also engaged to be married and is excited to start this new chapter of her life.