May the Lord bless you and guide you through this verse 🙏
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.
Fix your thoughts on what is true,
and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely,
and admirable. Think about things that are
excellent and worthy of praise.
I don’t watch the news anymore. I don’t read them, either. Someone once told me that bad news would always reach me, so not to worry about going out of my way to try to find them. And they were right. The biggest news of the day/week always seem to pop up somewhere, even when I’m not looking for them.
And that’s why this verse is really important. It is so easy to receive bad news. In our modern times, it’s also quite easy to fall into the habit of consuming whatever our social media puts right in front of us.
The problem is, companies and media outlets have realized that they get a lot more clicks if they spread outrage, shock, and negativity. So, that’s what you mostly get. And it all stays in our heads.
What are you fixing your thoughts on?
Years ago, I hadn’t realized just how much negativity was online, so I didn’t take care to filter any of it. And my mind was always crowded with this political news, or that outrageous story, or this other worrisome speculative piece I had read.
It made me unhappy, and gave me a bleak outlook of the world. Thank God I have since become VERY picky about what I let into my life!
To follow the advice of this verse, one must ask: “What am I fixing my thoughts on?”
- Is it worries?
- Is it political news?
- Is it “might” and “maybe” worrisome opinion pieces?
- Is it online dramas that are never really found in real, day to day life?
What is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable…
To follow the advice in this verse, we really have to take a good and honest look at what we are focusing on. This can be done in chunks.
- What am I focusing on online?
- What am I focusing on on my smartphone?
- What am I focusing on in my family?
- What am I focusing on in my work?
- What am I focusing on about myself?
- What am I focusing on in my spiritual life?
Is it true? Is it honorable? Is it right, and pure, and lovely? Is it admirable?
When you answer all these questions honestly, you’ll know where you are following the verse, and where you need to make some changes. For instance, I realized that one album I was listening to was FAR from lovely, so I changed it to a different one. I speak about that experience here.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
So far, I’ve focused on what you take in instead of what you think about, but that’s just my interpretation of this verse at the moment. And it makes sense, because usually what’s in your mind has a lot to do with what you’ve been feeding your mind all day long.
I hope you feed your mind honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely things 🙂 And I definitely aim to do this as well!
Take care and God bless,