Have you ever been challenged to re-evaluate your priorities… thinking of Excellence?
As I look at what scripture tells me should be my 1st priority I see a clear answer:
“37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38 NASB).
(Spoiler alert 😉 I’ll be digging into Setting MY Priorities in a later post, but it seemed to fit with our word today.)
I show Love to God with my mind when I think in way’s that are pleasing to Him which helps make Him my 1st priority. We’ve been looking at that these past few weeks and I love when God re-affirms I am on the right track!!!!! Don’t you?!?!
So as we are working toward Peace of Mind we are also pleasing God! Win Win. I believe the picture of my peaceful place is almost complete. What do you think?
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NASB).
Is this thought Excellent?
At the core of the word Excellent is the idea of something being morally good. (Gr, I hate when the explanation of a word uses another word that is outdated or hard to understand!!!!!!!)
A moral is a standard held by the majority of people in a culture.
Honestly, our culture has no consistent moral compass; even within the church we are not very consistent. Because of that, I would suggest we gauge morality from the scriptures alone (Psalm 119:105).
To think this way really requires we be women of the Word:
- Reading it (Psalm 119:11)
- Thinking on it often (Joshua 1:8)
- Working hard to memorize it (Colossians 3:16).
When we are in the word and a thought comes into our mind that is not “excellent”, there will be warning bells all around so we are able to take that thought captive – push it from our mind – and replace it with excellent thoughts.
I can’t always think of randomly excellent things. That’s why I put the scriptures in here (if you were wondering).
These are verse I use to replace the wrong thoughts. I use them as screen savers or photos on my phone. I write them on cards to place around me in my home, my car, and in my purse. That way I can read a verse and think about it… I know scripture is excellent! That is one way I work toward Peace of Mind!