Whatever Is Pure


Philippians 4:6-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 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. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.  

Terrie and I just finished supper.  I grilled some hamburgers.  She prepared the potato salad, the pickles, slicing the tomatoes, purple onion, with mayo, catsup, or mustard.  Whatever we wanted.

Since my mouth surgeries, I only have half the taste buds that I used to have, because of the reconstruction of my tongue.  So when my brain is telling me something tastes real good, I pay attention.  I was enjoying the grilled meat.  The contrast between the purple onion and the sweet tomato was wonderful.  The taste tug of war between the catsup and the mustard, saying to myself and eventually to Terrie, “Boy, this is good!”

Then the Lord brought these verses to mind.  Especially, “whatever is pure.”  What would my burger taste like if I hadn’t put “good” things on it?  We had fresh meat, fresh onion, fresh tomatoes, and fresh buns.  What is my life like, when I don’t put “good” influences in it? What is my life like,when I use bad ingredients.

Christians do get worried/anxious.  Otherwise, the Apostle Paul would not have addressed it.  But he also gave us a process to go through to get rid of it and tells us what we should be thinking about.  I desire to think on the things Paul mentions in verse 8 rather than all of the worldly thoughts and desires.

I want my life to “taste real good!”

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