FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:8 (NLT2)
THE TRUTH BATTLE FOR MY MIND
The John Harvard statue is a mainstay of Harvard Yard. Every day, students rub his toe on their way to class, hoping that it will give them luck on their next difficult exam. As tours pass through the Yard, people stop to get a picture with one of the best-known landmarks on campus. But the statue is not all that it seems. It’s actually nicknamed the “statue of three lies” because of all the inaccuracies inscribed on it. The first lie is that it’s not actually a statue of John Harvard. The second lie is that the statue says John Harvard was “founder” of Harvard University. And the third lie is the year engraved saying 1636 was the year Harvard was founded. Harvard was originally called the New College. And its mission was to train clergy. Harvard received its official famous name on March 13, 1639.
The Apostle Paul’s last thought to the Philippian church was to focus on truth and not lies. In Philippians 4:8, the word “fix” could literally be translated “keep fixing.” In other words, keep focusing on what’s true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. There will be some unpleasant things in life we will have to think about but we don’t have to meditate or dwell on them.
Paul gave us eight things to keep thinking about in Philippians 4:8. Those eight things were things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise. Think of one example for each of those words. Thank God for each thing you listed.