I hope you are well! I am well enough.
I’ve pondering lately Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
It has come to be remarkably convicting in my old age.
‘Convicting?’ you say.
Well you might say that if you are anything like me. I always read this as one of those warm fuzzy verses that filled in between the ‘meat’ of Paul’s serious instructions.
At most, it was narrowed to I should find something better to do than watching horror films or thumbing through the Enquirer.
As I’ve moved through these past couple years though, I’ve realised how much is packed in this tiny instruction manual.
Whatever is true…
Does that mean God’s providing for my every need? Even when my job ends? If I believe that is supposed to be true, then I guess it does. Then it seems I’m supposed to think on that, rather than the what ifs.
Or that nothing I do can separate me from the love of God? Nor separate anyone ELSE from it?
Even people I don’t like, or respect, or think they SHOULD be able to get a share of God’s love? Kinda looks that way. Pondering required.
Whatever is lovely …
I think peonies are lovely. And a perfectly browned loaf of bread. I think raindrops on leaves are lovely. I’m really supposed to think on these things?!?
Well, apparently God thinks I should.
Maybe stopping to smell the roses is a bigger deal than we realised.
It’s become quite the education! And it clearly isn’t done with me yet.