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Philippians 4:4-8 (NIV)

There is much to think about and learn from these verses of Philippians in Chapter 4.  It’s a good text for the beginning of the day, week, and year.  However, today I wish to focus on just verse 8 of this chapter.

“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.”

How we think and what we most think about as we go about each day shapes who we are, how we live, and what we do.  It influences how we see other people, ourselves, and the Lord Jesus.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized the importance of thoughtful awareness and self-examination.  He once said,

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

Let’s start this day and week by thinking about what is excellent, good, true, and right as the Lord Jesus so leads us.