What if, whatever

Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 (The New American Standard Bible)

For many years I had this verse taped to the computer monitor in my office as a constant reminder of the most important "what if" questions facing us each day. Some recent events given much attention in the news have caused me to return to this verse and to some of the thoughts I've entertained before. For examples, what if truth is hard to find in the midst of so many lies? What if honor is no longer held in high esteem? What if right is replaced with expedience? What if lovely is only skin deep and purity becomes soiled by compromise? What if "good repute" is defined on a sliding scale and excellence is no longer compared to an absolute standard? What if all things become worthy of praise? I suppose the clincher for me is what if our minds no longer dwell on these things? "And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

Father, I’m thankful for your instruction, encouragement and love. Help us to find each day the only dwelling place for our thoughts so that we might enjoy your peace which surpasses all comprehension and guards our hearts and minds.

By Carol (North Carolina, USA)