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by Danny Boggs
Does your mind follow a speeding locomotive that won’t slow down? We dwell on problems. We agonize over the past. We ruminate over hurt. We worry about the future. We lock on to temptations. With a head full of this kind of steam, a train wreck lies ahead.
Paul counseled, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).
How do we get on track?
First, note that Paul offered this instruction to “brothers,” people who have become children of God. Life’s most serious problems will never be solved unless we get the fresh start that comes from being born again (John 3:1-5).
Second remember that thinking right is a command in Philippians 4:8, not an option. Refuse to let a misguided outlook persist.
Third, fill up with the right perspective by reading the Bible. Paul said, “Practice what you have learned and received and heard from me.”
Fourth, imitate those whose approach to life is consistently godly. “What you have seen in me — practice these things,” Paul said. Study Bible heroes carefully. Take encouragement from people who live right.
Fifth, pray all the time, especially when the wrong thoughts threaten to hijack your inner being (Philippians 4:6-7).
Let the God of peace engineer your train of thought.