By: Heather Abenti, Communications Crew Leader
Whatever. It’s a word we use to blow people off. To communicate that we don’t care about something that we probably really do care about. To show indifference. But the Bible gives us a whole different context for whatever.
Philippians 4:8 is the whatever passage.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8, HCSB)
In our world, the whatevers are often negative. We think about the person that offended us. We focus on all the things on our to-do list and how little time we have to get them all done. We dwell on our insecurities. We are consumed with debts, jobs, illnesses, drama.
What if we did what Philippians 4:8 says? What if our thoughts dwelled – not just passed over but camped out – on the good, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent things? How would our day, marriage, family, job, church be different if we worked to have our thoughts live on these whatevers?
Today I challenge you to focus on these whatevers. To allow your thoughts to dwell not on the negatives but on that which is truly worthy of praise.