Sometimes I struggle with keeping my thoughts on things that please God. Too often it’s God, why didn’t I get that contract when that other author got one, if I hurry up with this prayer, I’ll have more time to get on with my agenda, and since I’m a Christian, I’ve got more insight than that other person. Those are only a small sampling of what my mind is capable of.
Philippians 4: 8 offers guidance on this very subject. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Eight words that describe the characteristics of thoughts that please God.
Okay, I have to admit these kind of thoughts don’t come naturally to me, but I decided to define each to help solidify them in my mind. I chose the definition that came closest to referring to our minds.
True – real, concordant with the facts
Noble – aristocratic or gentle
Right – fair or just
Pure – genuine
Lovely – beautiful, agreeable
Admirable – held in great respect
Excellent – superior, wonderful
Praiseworthy – deserving congratulations
If I measure my thoughts against this list, it’s not too hard to weed out the ungodly ones. I pray this helps you, too.