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Think About Such Things – Things That Matter

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

IMG_0435-0What do we spend our time thinking about these days? As a sports nut – I’ve been thinking about the Orioles and the Nationals – both are in first place. As I write this post – the NBA game 7 of the finals is just a few hours away. The U.S. Open is nearing the end of their championship! These things matter little in the scope of things – but my focus has been on them some today.

If you’re not a fan of sports – as I read my Facebook feed – I noticed some have been focused all day with family – specifically with their fathers – now there is something that matters – but it might still be less than an eternal endeavor. Some have been trying to figure out their pets – how to get them to obey them – a worthy cause – but less than eternal as well. Some have gone out to dinner – one of my daughters FaceTimed me heading to dinner – another worthy effort – but not of eternal value. And so on goes our list…

Tomorrow (as I write this on Sunday evening) – some will focus on their summers (maybe getting a summer job) – some on their last day(s) of school – while others will go to work – and often do the same old thing – just on a different day – all worthy items – but still not eternal.

What is eternal?  What is lasting? Where should we be focused – even while we do other things? I suggest – the good Sunday School answer – Jesus! Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 4:1–9 – 1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Even as we spend some of our time and energy on things that don’t matter – in eternity – we should focus all the more on the things that do matter – even for eternity. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus . . . Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 20, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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