February 9, 2024

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

1. OUR ATTITUDE IS IMPORTANT. It affects our mood, our decisions, and our facial expressions. I’ve noticed more mopey faces lately, and I’ve looked in the mirror and caught myself with the same expression. We don’t want to have a bummer resting face. We also don’t want to plaster on an artificial smile either. “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7). We must go to the heart of the matter because these outward indicators on our face emanate from our inward position. 
Throughout the scriptures, we are reminded of the importance of our meditation – what we ponder and look at. This has meant that I’ve had to turn the news cycle off. The news broadcasters on TV are paid to keep our attention so that the advertising can come in to sell products. And that cycle can hijack our attitude. Instead, the Bible says to be renewed in the spirit of our mind (Ephesians 4:23). This doesn’t mean we deny or ignore the variables of life. We are to be wide awake, civic-minded, thoughtful, educated, and informed. But what are we spending most of our time thinking about? 
The Bible helps us renew and regulate our thought processes by thinking on these eight things: whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, commendable, of any excellence, and anything worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). Ponder these things. Dwell on these things. Psalms tells us to meditate on God’s Word, day and night, and then we’ll be like a tree planted by the water (1:2-3). The book of Proverbs says that “a joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (17:22). As we go through this year, let’s get determined and spend some time getting the Word in us and renewing our minds. 

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry

My delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His Law, I meditate day and night. I will be like a tree planted by streams of water which yields fruit in season, and my leaf will not wither. And in whatever I do, I prosper (Psalm 1:2-3).

at·ti·tude, noun
Behavior representative of feeling or conviction.

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