Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4: 8

 

The human mind is amazing. We are capable of processing vast amounts of information and of managing a life that is lived out in an ever-changing and fast paced world. The thoughts that we have often come at a pace that is dizzying in its nature; yet, we seem to mostly keep then flowing in, through, and out of our minds in such a manner as to maintain life’s balance and processes. This is true because of the remarkable and the marvelous way that God designed and made us, but the quality and the nature of that design and its creation are still not enough to live in the fullest appreciation and application of all that we were made to be. We all need the presence and perspective of the Creator as an essential aspect of daily life.

 

This is where Paul’s exhaustive list of things to think upon comes into play, for he is describing many of the attributes, characteristics, and qualities of God in this recitation of what we should focus our minds upon. For me, thinking about these highly desirable values and life processes and their outcomes leads me to consideration of their source. So, it brings me to meditating upon God, Himself. The Lord granted His truth, honor, justice, purity, love, and all else that is good to His Creation; thus, to us. In kind, all that flows out of these qualities is also something that God has imparted to us and into this world, and the ultimate means that God used to do this is found in the coming of Jesus Christ into our world and the subsequent granting of His Spirit to travel through life with us.

 

So, we can fill our minds with the cares, worries, and concerns of our days and focus our considerable mental capacity upon solving and resolving these issues on our own, or we can take time out from all that we are dealing with and allow for the voice of eternal wisdom and truth to speak to us. God is fully aware of all that is on our minds and in our hearts. He desires to walk into each and every aspect of our days with us, and His understanding and knowledge is greater than any challenge that we may face. God’s Word provides the guidance that is required for all that life brings our way, and His Spirit is with us to reveal its deeper wisdom to us in each of the circumstances that we encounter. It is up to each of us to turn to God and to slow the frantic pace of life down so that we can step out of the rest of life and listen to God’s words of truth, love, and hope as He speaks into those marvelous minds that He especially designed to hear His voice.