This past Sunday our minister's sermon was on this text from Philippians, which gives a gentle push to thoughts of a higher order.
"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."
I needed this reminder and perhaps you do too. These words are a touchstone that serve as not only wise guidance, but permission, yes permission, to at least occasionally turn thoughts away from the evening news, away from fears, away from sorrow, away from grievances, away from social media trivialities, away from [fill in the blank], and toward what is noble and right and pure and lovely and excellent and praiseworthy.
This morning I'm blowing the dust off something I wrote long ago. In Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul, I launched from this verse in Philippians to write a bulleted list of reasons to stock one's mind well. Here are some of the bullets in that list:
- To be catalyzed, expanded, and ignited. Those of use who have battled a blah spirit and lifeless mind on one or more occasions won't find it difficult to draw a link between the state of our spirit and the state of our mind.
- To stay optimistic and not lose hope or vibrancy. The world is full of wonderful things.
- To link reason and imagination. To see the chasm between what is and what could be. To see possibility. To see opportunities for greatness.
- To know the richness, vastness, and beauty of that which has been divinely created.
- To form a solid foundation from which to launch action
- To provide sufficient mental content of beauty and joy so that we are less likely to gravitate toward content of despair or fear.
- To be equipped for creativity.
It's always OK to be a student of what you've already learned long ago and have needed to learn again and again. May your day be one of joy and hope. The world is full of wonderful things.
[Photo: taken this week of fall trees and sky.]