“Finally, brothers, 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

Dr. Bob Miller

Dr. Bob Miller

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste” was a tagline used by The United Negro College Fund in the early 1970’s.  (Yes, I know it’s before some of you were born.).  Solomon penned the thought, “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Prov 23:7)

Throughout Scripture, God reminds us that our thought process impacts our life’s pattern.  Our outlook directly effects our outcome.  Our primary focus can be entangled in our failed past or embrace our future position.

This is not “positive self talk”, it’s “promised Scripture truth”.  Paul reminds us that we are not to be “conformed” (crammed into the mold) to this world culture (the thought patterns of pleasure, possession or position – I John 2:15), but instead, to be transformed (changed from the inside out) in the way that we think.

In Phil 4, Paul shows us how to stop wasting away . . .

Rejoice:  We are to take joy in Jesus . . . Always.  It starts with Him.  This is a day that He has made . . . no matter what, I will grab on to it with gratitude and jump into it with joy. (Phil 4:4)

Response:  When problems show up, my prayer gets down and His peace kicks in.  Replacing my worry with worship surrounds what I think and feel with peace. (Phil 4:6)

Renew:  GIGO.  It’s been used to describe “Garbage In, Garbage Out”.  What we let in our minds is what we let out in our lives.  I like “Grace In, Grace Out.” (Phil 4:8)

The Message brings these critical choices to light, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” (Phil 4:8)

Your mind . . . Your heart . . . Your life . . . Waste not, want not.


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