Do you enjoy God? Do you think about truth? Do you falter and waver and struggle to seek God? Do you get caught up with what the media tells you to think?
You know, some stories in my news feeds seemingly take on a life-form like mold on leftovers, like a green blob of yuck. Like that I’ve found on shelves in my refrigerator.
Now, before you stop reading, I’m not saying we won’t see or read or hear reliable stories, those that can challenge us to persevere in our walk as a follower of Christ.
(Hopefully this challenges you, as it did me.)
For I want us to think on our “enjoying God” and not be someone who groans and moans, who grumbles and whines. May we not become a people trapped in the ugly around us, while forgetting about authentic faithfulness to God.
May we magnify the Son, and become like Him. May we know we’re called to give glory to God. May we make much of Christ and not allow the leftovers of the day to stick like glue to our hearts, clogging not only our attitude but our view of life—causing a whiplash in our words.
You know, the back and forth sentences, of wasted things we (me, too) may discuss or argue or defend. That can keep us from spending time with Christ.
I love this 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 excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8 ESV).
After reading that verse, I pray that I take inventory of my own words. How many not-so honorable things have I said, or unjust, or not-so pure, or ugly, or scummy, or less than excellent words have jumped from my lips?
Yes, way too many. Words are delicate. They can hurt or hinder. But they can also build up or enhance. Even encourage.
So may I pause, and consider my words, for the affect my heart, too. Thus, I pray that I make some adjustments before the mold takes over my mouth.
Which leads me to this verse, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14 ESV).
In other words, may I lean on Christ, rest in Him, and seek His Words, those found in my Bible—those which remind me how to live, love, and serve Him with joy!
Because out the abundance of my heart, my mouth will speak! And yes over the years, I’ve choked on way too many ugly words, enough to fill up an entire fridge! Thus, I must purpose to think on the right things!