I have this sweet, little scripture hanging in my home:
Whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely…think on these things. Philippians 4:8
I say “sweet, little” because, well, it’s a nice goal. Don’t ya think? But, who really takes it to heart and executes it in his or her life?
Not me. Not always.
I can let my thought life take me down a road of perpetual worry. I can let my thought life cause me to become resentful of not having more time for myself. I can let my thought life lead me down a road of becoming irritated with my husband, because he fails to see his clothes on the floor. I can let my thought life do a lot of damage in a day.
It can rob me of time that I can’t ever get back. It can rob me of trusting in Him, because I worry. It can rob me of enjoying a smile from my baby boy’s sweet face, because I’m thinking how little time I have to myself in a day. It can rob me of appreciating how hard my husband works for our family.
I’ve always heard we should “bounce our eyes” when confronted with something visually unhealthy. That’s important. But, so is bouncing our thoughts. The moment we let a thought that is not noble, right, pure or lovely surface, we need to bounce it immediately.
What if every one of our thoughts was truly noble, right, pure, and lovely? How different would our life look? How much more would I enjoy the gifts God has given me? How much more would I trust in my Savior who has NEVER let me down?
This is exactly what God is working in my life right at this moment. He is teaching me how much I need to bounce my thoughts. And, oh boy, will I need some reminders and accountability on this one.
How is your thought life?