“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.” — Philippians 4:8
We all meditate — it’s not something new we need to learn. To meditate means to think deeply and carefully, focusing your mind on someone or something. The professional athlete holds a position of great responsibility and high expectations, which demands large amounts of time thinking deeply about what it takes to deliver and be successful from game to game, season to season. That’s meditation!
Followers of Christ must be equally intentional — if not more so — about contemplating our relationship with Him, especially as we are guided by His Word and Holy Spirit. Psalm 119 teaches us about the importance of constantly contemplating the truth of God’s Word in our hearts and applying it to our lives: “Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide” (Psalm 119:97-98, NLT).
Be very careful what or who you allow to influence your thinking. Satan wants to play a role in the process — don’t let him. Paul encourages us with these words from Philippians 4:8: “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.”
Remember: Your thought process drives everything! Process your thoughts through the truth of God’s Word.
— Jerry Birch, Cleveland Cavaliers chaplain
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