“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, NIV)


Our days are often filled with so many things to do it is almost impossible to get them all accomplished. A demanding client, co-worker, or customer, an overdue project, phone call after phone call, or a multitude of other things only add to the stress of our day. We seem to find very little time to simply step back and clear our minds. As a result, what we think about in those moments is a strong indicator as to where we are spiritually.

What do you think about when you are stressed and overworked?

Do you think about things that are pure and lovely as Paul suggests, or do you think about how frustrated and angry you are? Paul gives us a picture of where our minds should be – at all times. He understood that what we think about will eventually trickle down and become who we are. Negative thoughts will lead to a negative personality; pure and lovely thoughts will lead to a gracious and positive personality. Therefore, we need to guard our thoughts and our minds. Just as our body needs exercise to stay in shape, so does our mind. We need to study the Word of God regularly so that our thoughts receive the proper amount of exercise, too. It doesn’t happen over night. It’s a lifelong process that builds character and integrity. Most importantly, studying the Word of God will bring you closer to the Lord! And that, my friends, is excellent and praiseworthy.

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  1. Skye Says:

    Excellent post, as always.


  2. WOW!!!! I needed this one…. Work has been crazy here lately..

    I hope all is well with you and that you have a limitless supply of smoothies!!!

    Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  3. tulalangtala8 Says:



  4. This is great stuff. It really is a process. Intentionally practicing positive thinking during times of non-stress has been key in helping me to keep it together during times of great stress. A lifestyle that embraces prayer and study of the Word of God is so important!


    • Prayer and God’s Word – I need both every single day to keep me focused on the important things in life. Like a junkie needs heroin, I need my Savior. Wow! I never really thought of it that way before. Thanks for your comment, Joseph! You’ve got me thinking. Take care and God bless! 🙂 Dave


  5. Great post! This applies to me too, though my “job” is taking care of my kids and homeschooling them. Days filled with long to do lists. Dealing with demanding clients … er, I mean, children. Thank you for the reminder!


  6. dmeinegraham Says:

    Thank you. So true and words I really needed to hear.




  8. Such a great post and so well spoken! Thanks!


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