Phil.4:8 tells us: “Finally, brethren, 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.”
I love watching little children at the beach. Exploring the water, jumping into waves, moving their tiny toes in the sand. One day I watched a man repeatedly chase down his three-year-old granddaughter bounding towards the ocean with her water-wings on, laughing and smiling as she scurried away. Pure joy and delight were on both of their faces. I like thinking on these kind of things.
I also follow certain groups on social media who report on positive news-worthy things going on in the world, like neighbors helping neighbors, total strangers supporting each other, rescues, good deeds, and virtuous acts of kindness and bravery. For me, at least, if I’m going to use these platforms, I prefer to put wholesome things into my mind. There is enough negative and discouraging news all around me, it takes an effort sometimes to counteract those things in my thoughts.
The Word of God has some great wisdom about our thoughts too. Isa. 26: 3 says we will stay in perfect peace if we keep our mind on Him. Col. 3:2 reminds us to keep our minds on things above and not on things of this earth. Also any chapter in the book of Psalms always has a way of restoring my soul and returning hope to me when I’m caught up in the muck of the world. And check out the apostle Paul giving Timothy some good advice throughout the letters he wrote to him (particularly 2 Tim. 2).
So think about what you’re thinking about and I’ll leave you, my friend, with the lyrics from an old Don Moen song:
Think about His love, think about His goodness
Think about His grace that’s brought us through
For as high as the heavens above
So great is the measure of our father’s love
Great is the measure of our Father’s love