Happy first Monday of the NEW YEAR!!!
In pondering this brand new year I’ve been brought again and again to a verse that seems to grow richer and fuller for me each year. (I imagine by the time I’m 100 I may start to have a handle on it.)
Each version of it has some special value, but I think we should start this particular year with Eugene Peterson’s translation from the Message:
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.
Imagine a year based on that plan.
The BEST, not the worst. What if that formed our expectations of ourselves and others, and even events? What if that was our image of God?
The beautiful, not the ugly. What if we devoted more of our energy and time by that priority?
Things to praise, not things to curse. What if each day we kept a tally on those lines, instead of the other way around?
And meditated on things …
I think it’s a richer, fuller path. I think it’s worth testing!
Will you join me?