Christianity 201

June 6, 2014

Things to Think About

We’ve looked at Philippians 4:8 on a few occasions here, but this time around I wanted to look at the way various translations deal with the various aspects of the verse, only to find that I couldn’t always get things to line up perfectly.

Phil 4 - 8 chart

One of the aspects of our human nature is that very often we’re drawn to thoughts of all the things that are the opposite of the ones listed. I want to share a few personal observations at this point:

  1. Holiness does not get easier as you get older. Don’t believe the myth that as you age, you will automatically take on the character of the elder saints at your local church. To be very blunt, it can go either way. Age can ‘mellow’ your spiritual character, or it can ‘harden’ that character.
  2. Thinking on “these things” is a matter of effort. Even working in a ministry environment, I find that my thoughts can go off the rails several times a day or even several times an hour. It takes constant focus.
  3. Past thought life failures should not be a barometer of what to expect in the future. Each moment is a created period of accountability. You have to keep hitting the ‘reset’ button.
  4. Our lives simply run better when our thoughts are focused on the good and beautiful. We were not designed to have our mind crowded by things that are impure or dishonorable.

 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11 NIV