whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-
think on these things.
How do Paul’s words apply to us in these times of uncertainty?
Whatever is true: We don’t know for certain how or if the fiscal habits of our nation or other of life's uncertainties will keep disaster from our lives, therefore we can’t know what will happen to us and our families in the future. We have to concentrate on what we do know.
Whatever is noble: (having high morale qualities) We have to try to do what God wants about the things with which we are faced. We have to try to keep ourselves and our families from becoming depressed about these uneasy times.
Whatever is right: God is in control. We have to do what is right in His eyes. As human beings, we will mess up things. We can only do what He lets us do, if we step out of His Will for our lives, He will allow us to mess up.
Whatever is pure: We should spend time in prayer. We need to ask others to pray for us. We read devotionals and meditate on what they mean. We spend quality as well as quantity time reading and studying His Word.
Whatever is lovely: Words spoken in anger or haste can never be taken back. We need to choose our words carefully. Friendships have been broken because of hastily spoken words. Only those cemented in the Lord can withstand misspoken words.
Whatever is admirable: (deserving admiration) In tough times, people faced with turmoil watch those around them to see how they react to things. They might remember how we handled circumstances surrounding the hard issues of life. They watch those professing to be God’s children. The simple deeds done mean the most to those who watch us.
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy: Each of God’s people should conduct their lives as though they are being watched by others. Our families, our neighbors, and all those with whom we do business We should want to and strive to emulate Jesus Christ.
Think on these things: In times of trial, turmoil, and possible stress, we need to learn to deal with things as they come, as God would want.
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight. Psalm 19:14.
It all comes down to trust in God. We have to realize He has all things under His control and rely on Him to guide us through times of sadness and uncertainty.