What Thoughts Fill Your Head?

20th January 2014

"Finally, brothers and sisters, 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." Philippians 4:8

This verse has been really challenging me since the start of the New Year. Where are my thoughts centered and what do I allow to fill my head? Are my thoughts centred on God or cares of the world?

I have made it my aim throughout the day to question myself about where my thoughts are focused. If we take the verse in Philippians to heart, it impacts every part of our life: our relationships with others, things we talk about, listen to, watch on TV, look at on the internet and most importantly our relationship with God. There are three areas that I have felt especially challenged about:

1. I have been challenged about the things I watch on TV. I was watching Coronation Street (English soap opera) and the verse from Philippians came to mind. The episode I watched included among other things: lying, adultery and gossiping and very little of the pure, lovely, excellent or praiseworthy things Paul encourages us to think about. Would God be happy with me filling my head with such things (even if it is just fictional)?

2. The verse has also challenge my thought patterns. I think it can be so easy to get into certain thought patterns, allowing negative thoughts to fill our heads on a daily basis about certain things. This verse in Philippians though turns this around and instead of focusing on things which make us feel down, it encourages us to focus on God's blessings.

3. The verse has challenged my conversations. Are my conversations true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Are the words that come out of my lips and the conversations I take part in and listen to filled with excellent and praise worthy things?

This verse in Philippians has really made me think about the thoughts that fill my head and the way I live my life. Hope it challenges you too!

God Bless,

      Lucy x