“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
As the New Year begins, people make resolutions, most of which are broken by the end of January. But, strangely they are all about what people are going to do, rather than what they are not going to do.
Have you considered making a list of what you are not going to do during the coming year? If so, I suggest that you begin with your thought process.
One of my favorite quotes is from an unknown person: “Sow a thought and you reap an act. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Some decisions lead to amazing destinies!
It is said that we become what we think about all day long. The seedbed of sin is in the brain. What you think about you do and what you do becomes a habit that becomes a part of your character.
Bad thoughts conform us to the world and lead us to sin. Paul, writing in Romans tells us to rise above the world in order to discern the will of God.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. Romans 12:2
Yes, God calls us to rise above and be transformed with a renewing of our mind and to think about whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, things of excellence and anything worthy of praise.
So as we usher in this new year, let’s make a list of things we won’t think about and concentrate on the renewing of our mind.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
As our mind is stayed on Him, we grow in faith, grace and character. May this coming year be a blessing to you and may you concentrate on being a blessing to others.
By John Grant
Used by Permission
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practising attorney.
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