October 12, 2017 – Thursday
Phil 4:8 [KJV] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I have a problem. My mind leads me down a path of negativity at times. Not because I am necessarily dealing with mental illness, but because I choose to allow the wrong influences to bring my mind captive to the negative nature of my own sinful desires and the influence of the worlds philosophy. I read all the articles of hate and despair, and watch all the negative political and agenda driven narratives on TV and social media which clouds my perspective and my mind. The problem is, I, and so many others, are thinking on the wrong things.
The things Christ wants you to center on are His word, His love, His grace and the eternal hope He has provided you. He wants you to center your mind on things of intrinsic value and the worth we all have in Him, not thinking on the wrong things.
At work today are you thinking and stressing over deadlines, impressing the boss, dealing with a negative co-worker, or struggling in relationship with customers or subordinates? Instead of finding all the negative in the workplace, begin to think on the value of each individual, the worth they bring to the team, and the opportunity you have to speak into the workplace with love and hope. Think of all the ways Christ has spoken into your life and praise Him instead of thinking on the wrong things.
Be a good report in your workplace today and influence the world for Christ.
Lord, I praise You this day and ask Your Spirit to guide my mind and to empower me to provide an influence of love and hope this day. Be present in all I do this day that I may honor you. In Your Holy Name I pray,
Pastor Bill Dudley
Virginia Beach, Virginia