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Philippians 4:8-9

Verse 8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”

It’s amazing what God shows you during a funeral. I was prepared during my grandmother’s recent funeral for the eulogies of both the Methodist and Baptist preachers who spoke, and the fond stories they shared of my grandmother. After I sang “Because He Lives”, my mother rose from the piano (she was my accompanist) and spoke…I didn’t know she was going to do this, so I was curious as to what she was going to say. She shared a concise list of some of things my grandmother did (some I knew, some I didn’t). She shared important family times when she taught her daughter, when she taught her grandchildren, and when she taught her great-grandchildren. These were the things to meditate on and to remember about my grandmother; not the sadness and pain of her last days, but all the good things she brought to her family, to her friends, and to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That is what I’m trying to remember during the times when grief wells up.

Likewise, Paul wanted the Philippians to focus on what was true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, especially if it was virtuous and praiseworthy…for such things can only be from God. We can’t let ourselves be distracted by the junk we see in the material world; there’s a lot we could focus on, but it would only lead us depressed or downtrodden. Keep your eye on the eternal Savior in your Christian walk. Meditate on these things.

Something to think about.

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