“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Think about such things.

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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9


Unbeknownst to some of you, I am a secret pessimist. My initial tendency is to see what is wrong. And then be discontent. It is a real effort for me to look at what is positive around me.

As I have been in my garden lately, I continue to look around and see what does not please me. The grass is not growing here, the mulch isn't deep enough there, this plant doesn't look healthy, this wooden barrel planter is falling apart, I don't like these hostas in this location, WHY DOES THIS IVY PERSIST!

And I stop and listen. And the Lord reminds me. Your garden is like your life, Sheri. You can CHOOSE to look at the negative or you can choose to look at what is right.

Ouch!

On Sunday, our Sr. High Pastor was finishing the current series on Philippians. Even as he began teaching, my mind was drawn to my garden (as it so often does). Then he came to Philippians 4:8-9. The pastor was drawing our attention towards the call to obey, to fill our mind with the good things of God, and the promise of God's presence. To think about such things.

And the Lord reminded me...whether you are looking at life or your garden, choose to obey...THINK about such things. So, I have been trying to do that lately. As I have my daily morning walk around the garden, I look at each plant and think...true...and then the next plant... noble, and the next plant... right... And the Lord is reminding me to do that with my life and the world around me. Make a choice, Sheri. And as I choose to obey...the God of peace will be with me. Yes, that is what I truly want.

So, now, I would like to somehow have little posts or rocks around the yard that remind me of what to think about...I'll let you know what I come up with, but for now...


true

noble

right

pure

lovely

admirable

excellent

praiseworthy

Think about such things...


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pix....

Kathy said...

Good thoughts and wonderful verses! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sheri
Great words and a great blog. The pictures give a wonderful feeling.
Love Ruth

Anonymous said...

good thoughts and i love the garden analogy. I think i might share some of it with my women's circle on tuesday. Thanks for sharing!
Kayla of FCC

sister sheri said...

Dear Kayla

Thanks for stopping by!

God's blessings to you!