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Today’s Truth

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.

Philippians 4:8

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.

We must:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Let’s Pray

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,

Amen.

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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5 Responses to “5-Step Plan to Godly Thinking”

  1. Meg says:

    Thank you for this! A suggestion though, and correct me if I’m wrong, but the L.A.N.T should be P.L.A.N?
    I had a dream last night that I was given a scary diagnosis from the dr (I have lupus and was having terrible pain but still kind of sleeping through it). The dr called me with the news, matter of factly, and hung up. I looked for friends to tell and there was no one. I went to my family and they were only upset by the news because it meant I wouldn’t be cooking and cleaning for them anymore. I then turned to God, and there He was, just waiting for me to tell Him what was in my heart – all my fears and loneliness.
    I can’t help but meditate on this and then I open my Bible study group and here you are, reminding me of what I should be meditating on – that God will never leave me nor forsake me. He is my constant help in times of trouble. He is my constant. Thank you! God is good!

    • nancy says:

      Wow Rebecca: What a beautiful testimony, in the midst of fear, we always go to friends, parents, spouses, children- and THEN we go to God. It SHOULD be the opposite, as you have beautifully demonstrated. He, notably, is the only ONE who can do anything about the situation and love us through it the way we need to be loved.

      Thank you for sharing this today.

      Nancy

  2. Sheila says:

    Just want to stay away from negative gossiping people and some of them are in the body of Christ .

  3. Thank you so much, Meg. Thank you also for pointing out the word L.A.N.T. Good catch. I love how God is reminding you of his truth and how constant he is. He has you, my friend. God bless you in all you do.

  4. I like the anagrams, so many were popular years ago, but we don’t think that way long do we? We need to so them in hearts more often and think on these things, plus truthfully I think women will clean sometimes just to avoid facing their fears and challenges…I used to.

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