It's hard right now, isn't it? The election didn't calm the storm; in fact, it seems like the waves are getting higher and visibility is diminishing even further.
At least that's what it seems like.
That cloudy glass is, well, cloudy. We can't see clearly our hand in front of us so a lot of filtering and sifting and sorting out of truth from fiction or rumors has to be done.
It's not an easy task. Some may say it is quite impossible. The more informed I try to be, it seems the less truth there is out there and more opinion and heresy.
So I'm taking a pause from looking for truth in the stormy places for awhile and I'm spending my time following the advice of Paul, who lived through a tumultuous time, and I'm fixing my thoughts on what he suggests.
Whatever is true.....think about.
Whatever is noble....think about.
Whatever is right....think about.
Whatever is pure...think about.
Whatever is lovely....think about.
Whatever is admirable....think about.
Whatever is excellent...think about.
Whatever is praiseworthy...think about.
There are truths we can think about. There are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy things we can spend our time thinking about. We don't have to look too far to find them. If you are a student of the Bible, you can then follow his second instruction:
Whatever I learned from Paul...practice.
Whatever I received or heard from Paul...practice.
If you know anything about Paul's story, any of his hardships, his testimony, his B.C. days, his A. C. days, you can practice how he handled adversity, untruths, difficulty in relationships, argumentative audiences, disgruntled friends and family.....
Practice what the Bible records him doing.
I think he spent a lot of time thinking. Prison will give you that. Time to think, time to write. Thinking about true things, noble things, right things, pure things, lovely things, admirable things, excellent things, praiseworthy things....
perhaps to keep him from not dwelling on
We can feed our souls one of two ways.
1. With truth or
2. With fear
When we feed our souls with truth by thinking on true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy things.....
we don't have time to think or mourn or lament or grieve the opposite.
True - aletha - unconcealed, what can't be hidden, undeniable reality when something is fully tested - it will ultimately be shown to be fact
honorable - semna - honorable, grave, serious, dignified
right - dikaios - correct, righteous, impartial, just in the eyes of God
pure - hagna - free from ceremonial defilement, holy, sacred, in a condition prepared for worship
lovely - prosphiles - pleasing, agreeable, acceptable, dearly prized, worth the effort to have
admirable - euphema - well reported of
excellence - arete - moral goodness, virtue, uprightness, perfection
praiseworthy - epainos - praise, commendation, approval, commendation that fits - is appropriate because it relates to God's will
Think on these things.
You have learned - manthano - to learn, come to realize
have received - paralambano - to receive from, take with me
have seen - horao - to see, perceive, attend to, experience, look upon, discern; to see with the mind, perceive with inward spiritual perception
these things we would do well to
practice - prasso - to do, practice, a routine or habit
think on - logizomai - to reckon, to consider, take into account
We really only have two choices in our life. To live in truth or to live in fear. If we fear, we don't have the complete truth yet.