Let Your Mind Dwell On These Things

 

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,

whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence

and if anything worthy of praise,

let your mind dwell on these things.”

(Philippians 4:8)

This verse is heavy on my heart this morning.

You see, last night a friend and I went to see a movie.

I actually suggested it, having heard it was worth the money.

The problem is I didn’t check it out properly.

Yes, the story was a good one

and the film was well done.

However, it didn’t line up with the above verse.

In Hollywood’s usual fashion, God’s name was used in a most despicable way.

Yes, it was only once, but once is one time too many!

Then there was the bedroom scene.

We wonder why our children think it’s okay to sleep with their casual dates

and live with their more serious companions,

yet that is all they see pictured right in front of them.

This couple in the movie barely knew one another.

She was actually married.

Yet, they had sex and we were privy to more of it than I cared to know.

There was someone in the theatre with a little girl maybe 10 or so.

What kind of lessons did she learn?

Is that what we really what for our children?

I have asked God’s forgiveness for my participation in this.

I’ve asked my friend’s forgiveness.

And I ask yours, too.

Maybe it doesn’t matter to you if I was a part of this or not,

but it does to me.

If anything I do hurts the reputation of my precious Lord,

or causes someone else to stumble,

then I am sorrowful.

My life is far from what God would have it to be,

but my heart’s desire is to walk in a manner worthy

of His calling.

My salvation cost Jesus everything.

Walking in His Word is really very little for Him to ask of me.

Lots of love, Sharon


One thought on “Let Your Mind Dwell On These Things

  1. I share your concerns, Sharon. Thank you so much for your heartfelt writing. As each decade passes in our current culture, it seems that the lines are drawn more and more distinctly between those who love darkness and those who love light. And our challenge is to continue to be winsome without appearing judgmental, which is not easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

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