Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:8 “…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.”
There has been a lot of talk lately about “fake news.” Without referring to politics, all can agree that the printed word needs to be read with discernment whether in the traditional daily paper or on social media. I can still hear my Dad’s voice in my head saying, “just because it is in print does not mean that it’s true!” It is the better part of wisdom to fact check. Just as important is knowing the source and deciding if it is a reliable one.
Paul encourages the believer in today’s verse to think on a list of things that are excellent or praiseworthy. At the top of the list and perhaps most important is the truth. That starting point influences our world view, our direction, and our values. The problem in today’s world is determining what is true and what is not. Fortunately, the follower of Christ has a distinct advantage in knowing what is true. We have the Spirit of truth directing us into all truth (John 16:13). We also have God’s Word which is truth (John 17:17).
My day is so influenced by my thoughts. When I allow my thoughts to focus on the negative, the ugly or the hopeless, I can count on a very mediocre twenty-four hours. However, my spirit and mood are lifted with thoughts of what is noble. How much better is my outlook when I think on what is admirable in life! And isn’t it amazing that every one of these characteristics describes the One who is called Faithful and True! (Rev. 19:11)
Lord, help me with my thoughts today.