Back in the day, long before “Footprints,” you could walk into a Christian bookstore and buy the “Whatsoever things are true…” plaque, also known as “Think on These Things.” Perhaps you had one in your home growing up.
In a world where everything was in black-and-white and in King James English, your plaque of Phil. 4:8 probably read like this:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Here’s how The Message translates it, with verse nine added:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
If you read yesterday’s post here, I commented that it’s easy for wild thoughts to enter our heads and park there. Sometimes we’re capable of either remembering or creating stuff that shouldn’t be there. I believe it’s possible for us to de-toxify our minds, but getting clear from concepts or narratives that are lodged there may take days or weeks and requires discipline.
What fills your mind?