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.
Friend to Friend
Some days, it feels like a woman’s work is never done.
These words coursed through my mind as I swung left and right around the kitchen tossing dishes into the dishwasher, removing food stains from the floor and shoving ketchup into the open nook in the side fridge door. I exhaled. I’m nearly there – nearly to the moment I fall back and put my feet up.
Trash still lined the counters: a paper towel by the sink, a wrapper by the coffee maker and an old straw that was nearly too grimy to pick up. I surveyed it all. I considered what to grab first and how to do it most efficiently. I had a plan! The kitchen would sparkle.
Yet, somewhere between laying hands on the grimy straw and the half-used paper towel a thought hit me: Why don’t I survey my mind the same way I do my counters?
God says “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.” (Phil. 4:8)
Do I think this way? Do you?
The power of thinking is much like the process of cleaning.
- Identify the dirty stuff. We must look for anything that does not belong in the temple of God. We must recognize our stuff. – Gossip, negative thinking, complaining, nit-picking, and judgement don’t belong in a shiny bright, glory-filled temple of God. Take notice of them.
- Decide it must go. Pick up on what doesn’t belong and make a decision to do things differently. Head that very thought towards the trash can. Be done with it!
You do this by telling yourself: This thought is not helping me, but hurting me. When I fill my mind with the what is not good, I miss the goodness of God.
- Replace what was missing. When we clean, we usually remove stuff from the counters first, so can wipe the whole surface. But, after we’ve cleaned, we replace items. We put back the vase, the coffee maker and the pot.
TIP: Put the P.L.A.N.T. back in location.
Simply, think a good thought as it relates to these letters (see sample below):
Pure: God loves me.
Lovely: God has a sweet moment for me after I’m done with this counter.
Admirable: I feel good I didn’t put this cleaning off until tomorrow.
Noble: The King of Kings sees my work.
True and Right: I have a family that loves me.
Will this process work perfectly every time? No way. What does? We live on earth, after all. Mean thoughts, annoyed words or debilitating self-proclamations still sneak in on occasion, but be encouraged, the more you clean and survey your mind, the more it comes alive to joy and contentment.
Dear Lord, thank you for my mind. Thank you that you’ve given me instructions regarding it. You have offered me help, a way to think and a path to go so I may have pure thoughts. I want to be more like you. Develop in me – purity and clarity. Help me remove what does not belong in your temple. Thank you, God.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
What thoughts rule in your mind on a daily basis?
What might the P.L.A.N.T process produce in your life if you were to apply it?
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