The Bible is full of sound advice that when put into practice will change your life. Like most people who read it and follow what it says, I have my favorites. The one I have been thinking of the most lately is, Philippians 4:8…
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.
This is not one of those verses that give you specific things to think about; rather, it is a multipurpose verse that reminds us to focus on things that are good. With the suggestions it offers, it could just as easily remind us to continually think about Jesus.
Let me put this in a practical way: when someone cuts you off in traffic, focus on something that soothes your mind and lowers your anger. When the waitress at the restaurant keeps passing you by even though you have been waiving your hand for a long time. consider the additional time at your table as a time to spend with the person you are with. What about when your kids are loud and disorderly when you are sitting in your living room? You could get on the floor with them and be disorderly, too! It would make a huge impact on their lives.
The old saying, “What Would Jesus Do,” may come to your mind and help you put this verse into practice.
Of course, this verse is not just practical in times of trouble or anger. It brings great peace to my heart to think back about the mountains and streams I used to play in as a kid. Watching the freedom children tend to display when they don’t think they are being watched is enjoyable. I can think of many things that bring joy and peace and ultimately change my demeanor from one of tension to one of calm.
When we constantly keep this verse at the forefront of our minds and put it into practice, people are going to notice. More importantly, you are going to notice a change in yourself. Tension will be lowered, that short temper will be at rest, and a genuine smile will be at the ready in almost every occasion.
I encourage you, think of this verse often and keep your thoughts focused so when the need arises, and it will, you will have peace and comfort in times of trials.
Just a side note: it has been medically proven that tension, anger, and the lack of peace is destructive to our bodies and causes both physical and mental disorders.