Wednesday, July 31
A Good Filling Up
Today's reading: Philippians 4:8
One of the first things we do when we want our physical body to function at its best is be mindful of our diet. We're careful and intentional about making healthy choices, selecting lean meats, protein, fresh vegetables and fruits rather than processed foods laden with sugar, carbs, fat and other less than optimal ingredients. And as our eating habits change, our body is the benefactor.
The same is true when it comes to our minds. If we desire to have our mind function at its best so that we can live fully for God, we must be intentional about what we are filling it up with. Thus Paul's clear instruction to think about and fix our thoughts on truth and on things that are good, moral, wholesome and, ultimately, on God.
"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)
Take a few minutes and think back over the past few days. What kinds of things have you been filling your mind with each day? Identify the good things and the not so good. Are there certain things that you need to cut out (television shows, music, books, internet time, etc.)? Choose one not-so-good thing to remove and then replace it with something true, pure, lovely and God honoring. Tami
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