Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true….think on these things. ASV
Think On The Things That Are True
The apostle Paul gives us some sage advice when he tells us to "Think" on the things which are TRUE. I am sure many of us can admit that we have been guilty of thinking about things that are not true and in so doing have gotten ourselves into some trouble.
Death Of Robin Williams
I enjoyed watching his movies. I especially liked Good Morning, Vietnam. I can still hear him yelling that over the radio microphone. I don't want anyone to think that I am going to judge Robin for his actions. I just want to say this, I believe if he would have thought on the things which were TRUE he would not have committed suicide.
He had to be thinking things that were NOT true. He must have thought I can't win this battle over depression, or life is not worth living, or I am not needed here any longer. All of these thoughts if he had them would be incorrect.
As you read this Pump Up think about what the apostle Paul said, "Think on the things which are TRUE." If you are thinking you are not needed here, life is not worth living or you can't win this battle over depression you are thinking things that are NOT true.
The Benefit Of Thinking Correctly
My son-in-law (Cary Kolat) and I were talking one time about his wrestling career and he told me this, "I always thought I could defeat every wrestler before I walked out on that mat." It matters how we think.
He must have instilled that into one of his wrestlers last year at the NCAA tournament. His wrestler was seeded 9th and he was wrestling the number 1 seeded wrestler in the quarterfinals. His wrestler won that match. I am sure he wasn't thinking, "Oh, I will never beat this guy."
We need to be thinking on the things which are true. Cary, as a wrestler thought he could win and win he did. Now as a coach I am sure he is teaching his wrestlers to think on the things which are true and that is you can win.
So What Is It Going To Be For You?
How are you going to think? Have you ever thought something one way only to find out later that your thinking was all wrong? I am sure you must have for we all have done that at one time or another.
Maybe some of you can relate to this situation. I remember taking some tests in school and as I was walking out of the classroom thinking, "Oh, I didn't do so well on that one." Only to find out I not only passed the test I did really good on that one.
I remember preaching a sermon one time and I thought it bombed as we were singing the invitation hymn and then I watched three people walk forward to give their lives to Christ and be baptized.
Let's think like the apostle Paul has told us, "to think on the things which are TRUE." Let your thoughts be based on facts not on things which aren't true.
Think on These:
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
The right train of thought can take you to a better station of life.
Test the value of your thoughts by deciding whether you'd want them said out loud.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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