“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things (NKJV).” -Philippians 4:8
“Meditate on these things.”
I had devoted three months to a summer camp ministry and during the third month, I began to feel downcast because I was dwelling on the incidents which made my job at camp frustrating. Somewhere around that time, I had read an article which reported people having the tendency to remember the negative, unhappy, and adverse things they had experienced. I thought to myself this is something that I unknowingly do sometimes. As I reflected on this article, Philippians 4:8 came immediately to my mind. When I recalled this verse, I remembered the kids I had prayed with, problems I had listened to, talking to them about Jesus, playing with them, challenging them, and encouraging them. This scripture reminds me that God has given us the power over experiences that can negatively affect us. God was reminding me to meditate on what He has done; He was telling me to meditate on the noble, pure, lovely, and good things He had done at camp. As it says in Psalms 103:2, we should not forget what the Lord has done for us.
Grace and Peace,