As the spring flowers pop up, the spring sports approach. The long track meets and baseball games bring on extra time to ponder what we are seeing. Just as our athlete has trained to develop his or her skill, we can train ourselves to follow a response pattern that is honorable and encouraging. The “whatsoevers” are a good place to begin bringing our thoughts, like the daffodils, into beautiful blossoms despite adversity.
Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts. A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend. It can also do us more harm than a brick.
Dr. Frank Crane (Christan writer and minister)
Paul the Apostle lists these “whatsoevers” that will bring our thoughts under control …
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. Colossians 4:8
Here we are called to fill our minds and hearts with all things that are true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious, the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse (adapted from THE MESSAGE).
We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NCV
Not only will focusing on the “whatsoevers” list cause healthy thinking but it will bring the satisfyings peace we desperately long for. Paul’s closes with this if-you-do-this promise …
…and the God of peace shall be with you. Colossians 4:9
Blessings…as you avoid the bricks by capturing the “whatsoevers”.
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