Sunday Scriptures Think on Those Things

Sunday Scripturesby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The Apostle Paul told us in Philippians 4:8 to think on those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. We are to think about those things that are excellent, and worthy of praise.

I try very hard to do that, but you know what? I don’t always succeed.

When I watch the news or read the newspaper some days, my thoughts dwell on what I’m hearing or seeing, and lately, when I think on those things they are anything but true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. More times than not, those things are definitely not excellent and worthy of praise. Just glancing at the pictures that accompany many Yahoo “news” headlines make me question where we’re headed as a society. Definitely not pure.

The times I allow the news to divert my thoughts, I find my attitudes and behaviors are influenced, and I go off in the wrong direction. I replay what I’ve heard over and over and over with no good outcome. If I let them, and I often do, these replays keep me awake at night, and what’s the good in that?

At those times when I dwell on the things of the world instead of those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, I’ve thrown the door wide open for Satan to get into my thoughts and rob my peace.

How about you? What do you do to think on those things Paul tells us in Philippians to think on?

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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Cutting Out Empty Calories

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

For most of us cutting out empty calories is difficult. It’s also difficult to lose the extra pounds those calories add. Often, we falsely believing it will be easy to drop the additional weight and don’t pay attention to how much junk we put into ourselves.

The same can be said about the empty things we fill our lives with. We believe we’ll be able to cut back on the unnecessary things without any effort, but that isn’t always the case.

Recently I watched a local news report about a woman who lost an amazing amount of weight in a relatively short amount of time. Seems she limited her caloric intake to 500 calories every other day, didn’t go crazy overboard on the other days, and kept her calorie intake moderate.

Well, I decided to give a moderated version of this diet a go. I decided to limit myself  to 1,000 calories three days a week. It’s extremely difficult on those limited calorie days, that’s for sure, and I know I don’t always stick to 1,000, but I do try not to add any sugar those days.

Full disclosure … this limited calorie thing went right out the proverbial window the week I spent in North Carolina attending the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Conference; as evidenced by the pounds I re-gained. What did I expect eating bacon, eggs, grits, and potatoes every single morning? Oy, vey.

Once the numbers on my scale started to go down I told myself cutting out the sugar, chips, and soft drinks three times a week was worth it. I also realized just how insignificant losing five pounds was. I needed to lose more than that to make any noticeable difference.

As I limited my caloric intake and got rid of some of the empty calories that provided no nutritional value, I considered what happens when we gorge ourselves on the empty calories we take into our minds either through what we read, watch, or listen to during our day.

If we stuff ourselves with meaningless things that have little or no real value, we leave little room for the things that are valuable. Things that are noble, true, pure … things Paul tells us to think about.

It may be difficult to limit the empty caloric things we fill our days with, but perhaps we could start small. Perhaps we could set a limit on how much time we spend watching TV or surfing the web or spent on social media and see what happens. It might surprise us.

Do you find it difficult to limit the time you spend watching TV, surfing the web, or on social media?

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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