Dwell on These Things

In this time of shut downs I'm sure many companies and businesses are contemplating what are the most important parts of their businesses and structure that they need to keep running in order to keep their company afloat. My guess is when all is said and done some of these same companies may realize that a little streamlining is what they needed all along.

If you are anything like me, these past few weeks have given you pause to ponder the same things in your personal life that have occupied your time. You are discovering that there are a lot of things that you can't be doing right, but you are also realizing that you are not missing them. My hope is that the other thing you are also realizing is that those things that used to SEEM so important now are being replaced by those things which actually are that important.

One of those things for me is what I am doing right now. I have wanted and intended to do a daily devotion for the church, but always was there something that just HAD to be done. (Like at 7:00 am on a Saturday morning. Yeah, right.) Usually getting to school was the excuse, and it was a legitimate excuse, except that it really wasn't. In the summer, when I had "all the time in the world", I was still too lazy to do it. (Yep, lazy.) What I have discovered is that since I have made a commitment to writing this each day God has blessed. Each morning I wake up compelled to get out of bed as God in His own way tells me, "Here's today's thought. Go get it done quickly." Some days I look around trying to find that perfect thought or illustration and yet all I really need to do is set aside worldly distractions and keep my mind dwelling on God by spending time with Him in His word and through prayer.

Philippians 4:8 states, "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is commendable - if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise - dwell on these things."

In this season of lent many of you gave up things, but the rest of us are in this "forced" season of lent. My prayer is that you have found those "true", "honorable", "just", "commendable", "excellent", and "praiseworthy" things to "dwell on". If not, look for them today. "And the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:9)


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