“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, 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)
Choices, choices, choices. In the course of a day’s time you will have many choices to make: what you say, what you dwell on, decisions you must make and where you focus your eyes and ears. Here you are told specifically what you should dwell upon. The mind is so much like a computer. What you put in is what you get out – good in, good out. I like how the Message Bible reads, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” John Wooden said, “There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.” John Maxwell said, “We not only make decisions, we are made by them. Every one of us is where we are today as a result of the decisions we made yesterday. Decisions powerfully shape our lives, and the effects of a major decision can linger for years or can even last for a lifetime.”
I will make a conscious effort this week to fill my mind with those things that are good, pure, positive and beautiful.