These past few days, I have been thinking a lot about what I have been thinking and why I am thinking what I am thinking. As I assess my thought life, I have found out what dominates my thinking. This is part of my commitment to practice and develop good thinking daily.
The process is very challenging, knowing that I have to be tough in evaluating what my mind tends to focus on. Good thing I have a reliable guide. When it comes to thinking, there is one verse from the Bible that I am readily reminded of. Thanks, to my favorite Online Bible, I could easily look up Philippians 4:8 in different versions.
Read through, my friends and be encouraged to choose carefully what you dwell on.
…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. ~New International Version
…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. ~New American Standard Bible
…whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things. ~Amplified Bible
…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.~Message Translation
What a challenge!
My curiosity led me to finding out how the verse is written in Spanish:
…consideren bien todo lo verdadero, todo lo respetable, todo lo justo, todo lo puro, todo lo amable, todo lo digno de admiración, en fin, todo lo que sea excelente o merezca elogio. ~Nueva Versión Internacional
My friends, let us take the challenge. Let us carefully choose what to dwell on.
By God’s grace, we will make this day matter by managing the discipline of our thinking. We will bear in mind that today’s thinking gives us an advantage!