Devotionals

Whatever Is Lovely

We dwell on the bad, the negative, the hurt. We replay that scene in our minds a thousand times. We obsessively reflect on what we could have done differently. We think of our regret and shame. We wish we were different or more like another person. We spiral and our thoughts go down the rabbit hole.

Why is it so much easier for our minds to go the negative route? Truly, our minds are efficient and it’s a well-worn path. It’s a habit. Our brain is taking the familiar highway. In a lot of ways, our brains serve us well in being efficient-but not when it comes to dwelling on the negative.

To change this pattern, Scripture tells us to renew our minds. How do we do that? We have to practice. We have to catch ourselves going down the rabbit hole and choose to re-route. We need to dwell on God’s truths. We can pray or read Scripture or go on a walk or whatever helps you interrupt your brain’s negativity.

Most importantly, we can dwell on God’s goodness in our own lives. No matter where you’re at with your faith, God has done something positive in your life. He’s healed you in some way or comforted you or renewed a broken relationship. At the bare minimum, He sacrificed His only Son to save your soul and have a whole, loving connection to you for all of time.

Ask God to bring specific memories to your mind. Allow Him to control your thoughts. Our brains have to cut a new path through the jungle to start thinking differently. Ask God to help you in that process today.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:1-2

“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

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