"Finally, brothers, 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."
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).
Over on Prayer for Freedom's website, the topic is purity. I'm going to steal that theme but not in the way that just raced through your teenage-boy head. When I read the word purity this morning, what popped into my heart was this question.
What is the purest thing I can focus my thoughts on? Not in the sense that I'm avoiding certain images, but rather that I want to actively choose what my mind dwells on today.
Only one answer to this question came to mind--God.
He is Holy and Righteous and Perfect. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the One who began everything else.
When I don't know what to do next, which happens more often than I'd like you to believe, I turn away from myself and look to the Lord. For me, that takes the form of worship songs and praying scripture out loud.
Removing the focus off me and off my confusion somehow wipes away the smear that blurs my future and then suddenly I'll know what God has for me.
Turn your thoughts to the Lord today, and every day, and see what awesome things He wants to show you.
Father, give Alek an understanding of who You are in his life today. Speak words that he can understand that mean something deep and lasting in his heart. Meet him more than half-way and reach out so he gets what turning to You really entails. Forge a bond that is pure and right. A bond he can turn back to repeatedly, no matter how often he strays. Because he will stray. We all do. We're human. Thank you for understanding that.
Who are YOU praying for today?
Even Jesus prayed.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place,
where he prayed” (Mark 1:35 NIV).
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