Posted by: Arden Compton | October 12, 2014

Think on these things

Every moment of every day we are thinking. We are either choosing our thoughts, or allowing someone or something we can’t control to control our thoughts. Sometimes we let our thoughts “wander”, and we make no effort to restrain them. However, we are always responsible for thoughts. We always have a choice to control our thoughts or not, but what we think is always a choice even if we abdicate that choice.

Scriptures tell is:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (New Testament, Philippians 4:8)

These are the things we should be choosing to think about. Are your thoughts focused on things that are true, just, pure, lovely and virtuous? Or are your thoughts focused on being entertained? Are you seeking to serve others and make the world a better place, or are you only interested in satisfying your appetites? Are you spending time with things that are of good report, or are you doing things that you are ashamed of and hide from others?

If you will use the guidelines provided in this scripture, and think on those things, you will be happy and at peace in your life. Isn’t that what we all want? It will take some self-discipline, it will require saying no to somethings that would bring immediate pleasure. But the happiness and peace of mind will be more than worth any sacrifice you make!

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