We have worked our way to the end of this verse, word by challenging word. It feels like we’ve climbed a mountain together. As we can take in the final phrase of our key passage I pray you enjoy the view of . Peace of mind is worth the climb don’t you think? It is worth Praising God about!
“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 Praiseworthy?
Does this thought honor God? Does it lead me toward worship or praising God?
I think this is the most challenging one of all. How many of my thoughts lead me to worship God?
Many of my thoughts are task driven, do they worship God?
‘I need to wash the clothes.’ ‘The dishes are piling up.’ ‘Is the blue shirt still in my drawer?’
By presenting my body as a living sacrifice to God, every part of my day can become an act of worship.
Did you ever think about directing your task driven thoughts toward worship? Years ago a friend taught me to infuse an element of thankfulness into my task driven thoughts as a way to “Pray Continually“. Let me give you some examples:
As I think through my list of housework I can be thankful I have a home to clean.
As I think through what I should wear to a meeting, I can be thankful I have clean clothes, and a job or ministry to plan for.
Honestly, many of my thoughts lead away from praising God.
Thoughts that complain about my tasks are opposite of the thankful heart God instructs me to cultivate.
Angry thoughts that list my husbands every fault are opposite of the forgiveness God instructs me to show.
If a thought leads dead opposite of Him, I need to stop it in its tracks or it will eventually come out of my mouth!
These complaining, fault tallying kinds of thoughts are in line with our human/sinful nature. But remember that we are being challenged in this passage to think differently.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says we have “weapons of warfare” that can be used to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”. We can capture those un-praiseworthy thoughts and replace them with praiseworthy thoughts.
The passage ends by instructing us to “dwell on these things.” This means to calculate, to weigh, to meditate on those thoughts. We should be continually thinking through the good thoughts which leaves no room in our mind or time in our days to dwell on the negative things that destroy our Peace.
I remember when I had to choose to do the hard work of making this my way of life. It took time. It took commitment and accountability. But something amazing happened as it took root in my heart. The old things that triggered anxiety and depression became less powerful and Peace of Mind became my new normal. I believe that can be your story too.