Sunday, September 2, 2007

Dwell on these things

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

I like Eugene Peterson's Message Bible paraphrase, too:

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.
That entire Philippians 4 chapter is rich enough for someone to mine for a lifetime.

C. S. Lewis in "The Last Battle" has Lord Digory say about the new Narnia “Its inside is bigger than its outside." “Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”

It is fascinating to me that Paul wrote the letter to the church at Philippi while imprisoned in Rome (" ... I am in chains for Christ." 1:13 NIV) .

Somehow being imprisoned doesn't seem exactly conducive to thinking on good things.

7 comments:

Lori1955 said...

After reading this I tried to think of the good things in my life. I would think of something good and it would always be followed by BUT.....
I do have a lot to be thankful for BUT........it sure is hard to be positive these days.

flintysooner said...

I've been in the prison cell in Rome that supposedly held Paul. You have to go down a ladder into a hole in this concrete (or similar) floor. Once down there I could barely stand erect and I'm short. It was claustrophobic and so depressing. I was glad to get out of it.

I know what you mean Lori about trying to think one way and running into those BUTs. I do that, too.

~Betsy said...

Some days I feel like my house is my prison. I don't regret the caregiving journey, but there are days I feel as if I am missing out. After spending some quality time with horses this weekend, I have come to realize respite is so very, very important.

cornbread hell said...

re: Philippians 4:8

as much as i may cuss, rant, whine, bitch, moan, or whatever it is i seem to do...i really prefer the wisdom.

thanks for reminding me, flinty.

SKYGIRL said...

Oh Wow Flint! WE are on the same wave! Check out my premature "Blog" for tomorrow, there are so many similarities, even about...Prison! How I admire those people, that kept their faith, and had it so much worse than we have. I don't know if I would do as well.

I will try. I will try. That is all I know.

Night All! N.Mc.

arutherford said...

Wow, Flint,
While you were writing your blog, I was in a Bible study and we were reading and talking about this very scripture. Our general topic was overcoming fear, not letting it control us and this scripture is a great Rx for that.

Thanks for reminding us what to keep our hearts and minds focused on.
AnnR

flintysooner said...

Isn't interesting that sometimes several of us post blogs with such similar themes? I've noticed that before.

Thanks everyone.