What Do We Think About?

Philippians 4:8-9, 8 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. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

I remember a movie I watched many years ago; one of the characters was a young girl that was having trouble with nightmares. One of the other characters told her, whatever you do tonight, don't think of pink bunny rabbits. The next morning the young girl got out of bed all excited because she did not have a nightmare, but she confessed she had dreamed of pink bunny rabbits. Like that young girl, when we make something the focus of our thought life, it becomes all important and it begins to consume our thinking. 

When we make the lusts and the values of the world our consuming focus then why should we be surprised that we keep being drawn into temptation and personal failure. I suspect that if you lined up all the gold medal winners from the Olympics and asked what goal they focused on, their answer would be that they dreamed and thought only of winning their events. Why shouldn't we as Christians have, and keep, a winning focus? Paul gives us a formula for spiritual success to help keep us on track. When the challenges and temptations of life begin to loom large in your mind, change the focus; pray, speak of, think about, and become consumed with the things of God. This is when we will discover the fullness that comes in a relationship with "the God of Peace."