“…whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about these things…and the God of Peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8 )
I’ve been working on this for a while, I did pretty good at one time and then something stepped in between…
What I have learned over time is that if we are diligent, if we make an intentional effort each day (sometimes each hour of the day) to focus and think, we will find and notice the admirable as well as all the other characteristics too.
And peace follows.
I find that when peace has it’s way with me I am a much happier person.
What beautiful words and how much effort it is to live them.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, and I say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all…”
Write these words on your heart today and notice the beauty around you.
A prayer for the morning…
Lord give me a patient heart and mind, fill me with your loving Spirit. May my words be sprinkled with your grace, my actions reflect your mind, and may my thoughts be pure.
Help me to lay aside that which snares and entangles the heart, and what I put down help me not pick back up again…
Be my vision and bring your peace. Amen
These words came to mind this morning…
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, (Galatians 6:4)
I learned a long time ago that much of our effort goes unnoticed in the eyes of many. But I have also learned that this is not necessarily a bad thing because behind the scenes work is necessary in so many vocations.
In the work I have done over the years I’ve tried my best to do what I do to the best of my ability whether anyone else knew or not, and I know a lot of other people with the same attitude. The result is that we can know that we’ve done our best, as the Apostle Paul says, we’ve tested our thoughts and actions and have adjusted our lives under those guidelines instead of making comparisons with other people.
Perfection comes from the honesty of doing our best before God, not just doing enough to be better than someone else.
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