When January rolls around, many find it a time to think about making resolutions. Some start off with a list and the burning desire to carry through with personal life changes, no matter the obstacles. Others decide it’s not worth their time to even try anything new. I’m not a big fan of resolutions. If I want to change something in my life, I don’t wait until the first of the year, but I get that a needed push in the right direction can be valuable. In light of a message I heard in church this weekend, and it being the resolution time of year, I had to sit back and think about this comment.
What consumes your mind controls your life.
Have you ever given this any thought? We’re bombarded by so many things that claim our time; family, work, obligations, entertainment, just to name a few. I’ll bet every one reading this post could sit down and make a list of those things that vie for our attention. We might actually be surprised by the things that fill our thoughts if we’re honest with ourselves. So how do we take all of the ‘stuff’ that clutters our minds to decide what is worthwhile or not?
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. Phil 4: 8
How often do we really consider this passage?
True. Noble. Right. Pure. Lovely. Admirable. Excellent. Praise worthy. Are these words part of our vocabulary? Acts we strive for in everyday living? Or are they lofty goals, meant for that Christian down the street who does a better job navigating this life than I do?
As I considered these words, I thought about our Lord, who not only exemplifies these words, but lived them daily. Jesus is the example of living a life that is focused on the Father.
Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. John 8:28
To gain revelation on how we can emulate Jesus’ life, we must read the Bible. And it’s in those times that we mediate upon His Word that we can understand how we are to walk in ways that will honor Him.
There are so many beautiful scriptures we can focus our minds on. I’ve written out passages that have special meaning to me and pasted them to my bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator. As we let the verses that touch our hearts work into our spirit, we begin to focus, consume us, if you will, to move into a closer walk with God. I don’t find this the least bit daunting, as a yearly resolution might be. Instead I find it exciting and empowering. I don’t have all the answers, so I take God’s help whenever He offers it!
The rest of the Philippians scripture then goes on to say, Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4:9
Put into practice.
A tall order, but I believe we’re up to it. I may not be a big resolution maker, but a reminder of where my thoughts should dwell is always welcome.
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Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, HIS ONE AND ONLY BRIDE, available now. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TaraRandelBooks. Sign up for Tara’s Newsletter and receive a link to download a free digital book.