“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
It was another day of doing the pile of dishes. After going outdoors with my son, prepping and cooking a meal for the family and now having to go through the stack of unwashed dishes, the bubbles of resentment burst with every scrub: “Why am I the one doing everything? Why is XX not doing anything? Why am I a slave? Why…”
Out of the blue, I heard in my mind a different voice that asked, “Are these thoughts from me?” In that instant, I became aware I was entertaining thoughts that were not God’s. And I needed to change my thought-life. This realisation has changed the course of my life. I now realised the power of the verse in Philippians 4:8.
When we acknowledge that the meditations of our heart are not on the things of God, we have a choice to turn away from these thoughts and begin to meditate on His word and goodness. In that turning away, we get to experience a peace that surpasses all understanding and begin to be filled with His joy that is truly our strength. - By JC