Philippians – Radical Joy
One of my mom’s most favorite questions to me after I had done something unwise as a child was, “What in the world were you thinking?” I was smart enough as a child to not answer that ambiguous question because my response probably would have lengthened the conversation that I wanted to shorten…at all costs. Short answer: I didn’t think.
As children, we immaturely react to circumstances around us. If a thread is hanging from the curtain we pull on it to see what would happen. If ink is dripping from a bottle sitting on the new couch, we open it to see what would happen and suddenly it is all over us and the couch. (I may or may not have done this as a child among other things.) I am not putting down curiosity or creativity, but we need to think about the consequences of what may occur before we might complicate a problem and make it worse.
As we mature and grow into adulthood we do the same with our emotions. We don’t think wisely. We assume what’s authentic but isn’t. We overthink. We react quickly…without thinking about what the real truth is in any situation. We aren’t too gracious in our response when we follow this line of thinking. We seem, as humans, to always think the worst, not the best and wonder why the worst keeps happening to us, robbing us of our peace and joy. We look at problems and look for more problems rather than solutions. We fill our minds with drama instead of the Truth.
Paul has the antidote for these mind poisons that plaque our lives. He tells us to think the “whatevers”. These whatevers have guided my life for quite a while. God is using the “whatever thinking” to transform my immature thinking. See what whatever thinking might do for you! Be blessed!
Philippians 4, The Message
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Don’t You Love It?
–There is nothing worse than someone playing their instrument or singing a song out of tune with the band. What were you thinking? Think like Jesus thinks!
–THINK – Before you speak. Is what I’m about to say the Truth, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind. If not, be silent and meditate on the whatevers once more.
–God is our Drum Major. Follow the beat of His heart. He wants us to march, in harmony, to the Trumpet of Jesus!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for transforming our thinking which continually matures us to behave more like You. Thank you for pointing out the Truth of WHAT and HOW You think. We will meditate/think on these words all day long and into the night. Thank you for saving us from ourselves. Continue to transform me and my thinking. Transform Your church. Transform the world. I’m listening. I’m Yours.
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…
I listen to the Trumpet of Jesus
While the world hears a different sound
I march to the drumbeat of God Almighty
While the others just wander around
I’m a member of the Holy Ghost traveling band
We’re moving on up to a better land
I hear the voice of the Supernatural singing
Like only those who know Him can
One sweet sound makes
A whole world of difference
When the world seems indifferent to you
His Melody of love calls you to be great
When marking time was all you thought you could do
So if you’ve been playing all your days by ear
Never knowing what your song was to be
Then pull up a chair, let down your hair
And take a few lessons from me
A spiritual fanfare has a sound all it’s own
At the birth of a lasting song
It’s been two thousand years since Jesus was born
And still the celebration goes on
If you feel the need to get your life in tune
‘Cause you’re tired of the derdge every day
Then turn yourself around
Put your feet on the ground
And just hear what I have to say
(By Russell Taft, sung by the Imperials)