Fill Your Minds

Turning Your Attention to God’s Life-Giving Words

This morning I overslept my alarm, forgot my carefully packed lunch in the refrigerator, and arrived to work disheveled. My mind raced in a thousand different directions—none of which were life-giving. It seemed like each stressor multiplied my frustrations, doubts, and worries.

Often, we dwell on the negatives—our big struggles and our little annoyances. But what would happen if instead we not only dwelled on, but savored, God’s words in Scripture?

Try starting with Paul’s words to the church in Philippi found in Philippians 4:8.

First, read the verses slowly.

“In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.”

Then, reflect on the words.

Do any of these words stand out to you? Consider what it means for a thought to be good and deserving of praise. You may want to do a word study on “true,” “noble,” “pure,” “lovely,” or “honorable.”

Next, apply the words to your life.

Identify what is worthy to think about, based on Paul’s definition. What is good? What thoughts do you need to discard?

In closing, end with a prayer.

God, help me discern my thoughts. I don’t want to be anxious and miss your presence. Fill my mind with your thoughts, and keep my eyes fixed on you.

When I took time to identify the thoughts that were cluttering my mind, I was able to shift my attention to God’s life-giving words. I focused on what was true and praiseworthy: the miracle of waking up that morning, the gift of being greeted by coworkers, the chance to rely on God even in my lack. I turned my worries into thanks for God’s undeserved and indescribable peace.

My prayer is that as you too ask for God to lead your thoughts and fill your mind with good things, “the God who gives us peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).

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