Monday, December 5, 2011


What is the truth?

For the last few weeks, this verse has been bouncing around my brain.

"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

I describe it as the "garbage in, garbage out" verse, because it challenges me to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable - and basically put good things into my brain.

One way I do this, is to re-read a list of "truths" that a wise pastor friend gave me when I was in junior high. It was a series of truths he wanted me to remember, when life started throwing curve balls.

I've kept that list in my Bible for years. It's a well-worn hand-written note full of things he observed in my life and character that I try to read, especially when self-doubt or negative self-talk beings to fill my thoughts.

So what truths to do you need to remember today? If you made a list of truths, what would appear on it?

(FYI - This post is kind of inspired by last year's Reverb10 project - which gave people a series of questions each day during December to kind of "wrap up" the year. When the creators of Reverb10 chose not continue the project this month, I came up with my own "reflection" challenge. Each day, for the next month, I'm going to try to write - focusing on a single word as my theme!)

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