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.
My boys can be sweet and kind. They can be loving and compassionate. They can be selfless and giving. Two little gifts from God who brighten their parent’s days with such joy.
And then they can be real kids.
They can be rude. They can be crude. They can be selfish. They can be little stinkers like no other. They think the grossest things are funny and, if they were allowed, they absolutely would watch some vulgar things on TV.
I think it’s an innate trait in boys to want to watch or say or do the grossest things. I can’t even write about some of the things my youngest child thinks are funny. Let’s just say he has to wash his hands a lot.
But can’t we all be drawn to the things that are not pure and lovely? Don’t we love to gossip, don’t we love to hear about people who are on hard times, and if so, don’t we want to know all the dirty details? Don’t we get irritated at others and want to lash out, maybe aloud or just in our thoughts, allowing our minds to be poisoned by negativity.?
We love to slow down and take the whole car wreck in don’t we?
Jesus wants us to be concerned about others, but he certainly doesn’t want our thoughts to be down in the gutter with them.
I don’t think it’s just me. We all like to be drawn to the dark side, Star Wars style.
This week, I am challenging myself to think about all of the good things when the bad things start to invade my mind. When I feel angry, or annoyed or the urge to gossip, I want to stop, take a deep breath, and think about the good, the pure and the lovely.
Positive switch on. Negative switch off.
Speeding past the car wreck, washing my hands and changing the channel.
All at the same time.
I think I will be playing a whole lot more K LOVE this week.