“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
I love “what ifs!” They remind me of a brand spanking new box of Crayola 48 count colored pencils (I have an aversion to crayons…messy and lacking definition). Back to my point…
What if a website or online community were created with the sole (or better yet, SOUL) purpose to give God radical praise through living a life that modeled Philippians 4:8 …glorifying him on the journey of what I call the “whatevers.”
Seeking Him in whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, and whatever things excellent and worthy of praise…
This is my desire for this little piece of cyber space, and I believe after much prayer and study that it is His, as well.
A Pollyanna mentality…maybe.
But quite honestly, in a world that beats us down daily with the bloody, the morally corrupt, the politically divided, and the depraved I need a little Pollyanna in my day. Maybe you do to. Truly, I need more of Jesus just to lift my head and stick it out of the door each morning before leaving my house.
Why Philippians 4:8?
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is often described as his happiest letter which is ironic because he was imprisoned in Rome at the time of its writing. The purpose of the letter was to encourage the believers to grow in their faith and their service to the Lord and each other. Philippians 4:8 exemplifies spiritual maturity and growing in Christ’s likeness.
What exactly does a Philippians 4:8 life look like?
Totally? I have no idea. Honestly, I’m not sure that I know anyone who does. There are days…rare amazing days, when my life might resemble one characteristic, but truthfully, those days are miles apart.
So… by what right could I ever presume to create a blog that refers to my life as Philippians 4:8 worthy?
I have no right at all.
Just the title, “My Philippians 4:8 Life” sounds pretty self-righteous, doesn’t it? I do have, however, this colossal desire to follow Jesus with reckless abandon.
Within the walls of this over-indulgent, worldly heart, you will find a hope and a longing for more…but it is a MORE that only God can fill.
Philippians 4:11-12, Paul writes about finding true contentment and that contentment comes from knowing Jesus in a deeper way and conforming to his image.
A Philippians 4:8 Life does not give Jesus-followers permission to put on blinders to the despair and devastation around them. It does insist that we look beyond the circumstance to our great hope, that we cling to the joy that is ours in Christ, and bring light to the dark (Matthew 5:14). It demands that we serve Jesus by loving and serving those in the midst of despair and devastation.
That is My Philippians 4:8 Life.
Join me on this journey to “let our lights so shine before others” (Matthew 5:16)…