Occasionally ask, “What is the connection between what I want most in life and anything I plan to do today?”
~ Robert Brault
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8
For those of you who are not on social media, this weekend, a “generator” came out and if you clicked on it and added your name, you could find out “something about yourself.” If you did not like what you found, you could ask for another remark. I tried it at least 10 times and received ten very sarcastic, snarky pieces of information. Each entry ends with _____ is smart. Be like _____. It is a reward for their snarky opinion of the entrant. Sometimes these things are fun and worthy of playing.
You may tell me I am too sensitive. But, if I saw a sign like that when I walked into the room, it would not give me joy. If would feed that crack of darkness. The one that leads to all kinds of self doubt, and being even harder on myself than I already am.
I saw the scripture for today and felt the confirmation in my spirit for not entering in to that particular “generator.” There is one person who responded on the website for this item, and she had the same response I did, and was subsequently supported by over 38,000 folks who agreed with her. It was heartening to be validated. It was even more heartening to know that I had done what was right for me. We make hundreds of little decisions every day. They seem silly, crazy, unimportant but each one feeds your spirit.
My daughters are good reminders for me that Philippians 4:8 is a good place to live. They help me redirect my thoughts when I get to a couple of “pet” hurts. Thank you Lord for my daughters and for their willingness to remind me that I was the one who taught them to think that way…and to get out of the dumpster thinking that I am in.
Lord, thank you for the reminders to keep our eyes up, our ears open, our hearts tuned to your spirit. Help me to dwell in the lovely things.
Because of Him,