|Think Upon These Things...|
Lately, it's becoming harder and harder to obey this scripture. Judging only by the headlines on the evening news, one is tempted to believe there just isn't any longer anything true, honorable, right, pure, or lovely to think about. We see babies being dismembered and their tiny little body parts sold to the highest bidder. Politicians are labeled liars and who cares - its what we expect anymore. Terrorists commit crimes against humanity that are unthinkable and yet, tolerated by the world - there seems to be an international conspiracy of silence against the truth. In some universities, students are no longer allowed to use gender based pronouns, as if there is no such thing anymore as male and female!
In the midst of this cultural moral decay and cowardice, I often think, is there anyone willing to speak the truth? In the filth and garbage that is being celebrated as the new normal, is there anything pure, anything lovely, anything honorable, anything or anyone worthy of praise? This beautiful little scripture, like so many others in the Word of God, directs our steps, in a world filled with horrors and evil that threaten to drown us in the muck and garbage that surrounds us.
God is not surprised by what is happening in our world today. He knows full well the evil that assaults us from every side. Like a loving daddy who knows what His child will see and hear in the world as he grows up, He gives us clear and pointed direction - "if there be anything...think upon these things." He seems to be saying, "Look for these things. Dig them out. Savor them in your heart and in your mind. Hold on tightly to these things. Discipline your mind!" He is teaching us what He already knows. The battleground over our thoughts is won or lost by how much we choose to obey this scripture.
We can choose to dwell on the ugliness and the evil that is out there. Of we can choose to savor that which is beautiful, lovely, pure, true, honorable and worthy of praise. Not sure where to find it? Sink yourself into the Word of God and let it wash over you like a refreshing spring rain. It will give you hope, peace and joy that cannot be found anywhere else.
Does any of this really matter, in the big scheme of things? Oh yes. I believe it does. I believe that what we choose will determine our destiny, spiritually and emotionally. It is really our very life that is at stake...