Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Don't think about planning, but plan about thinking.

Lately, with everything that has been going on in my life, college plans to say the least of it, I have been thinking about this verse a lot: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21. It just reminds me that I can plan all I want, or at least try to, but that it is ultimately in my best interest to have faith that God will work out His plans for my life in His way and timing. This is definitely something that is hard for me to do, because I am a big PLANNER, but I’m learning with time and watching God’s plans go on in my life, whether they coincide with my own or not, that His always make more sense in the end!
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things” Philippians 4:8-9. I think this verse is pretty self-explanatory. I started to really think about this verse a while ago, and my life has changed a lot since then. So I suppose that would deduce to the fact that this verse changed my way of life significantly. When I try to live by this verse, I find that generally I feel less scared, anxious, and unsettled because I try to avoid watching or listening to things that are not “pure” or “admirable” because then I won’t think about them! I don't think a lot of people realize how much negative, hurtful things go into our minds through the media presented to us. This verse taught me that, and that it is possible to simply avoid these things, even in a world that is full of impure influences. Avoiding these thoughts ultimately makes my thoughts more pleasant, and I thank God for this advice!

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