Word 4U Today

SHOPPING CARTS AND CANALS

SHOPPING CARTS AND CANALS

A man chained in a prison cell wrote,

‘… whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.’

This was Paul, “locked up abroad” for being a Christian, and writing the letter to the Philippians. (We can also imagine it was the Philippines, right?) He won’t have been taking a lot of inspiration from his immediate environment – four gray, dark walls and a damp ceiling – and, worse, he was stuck there day in, day out.

It’s not always easy to get inspiration from what’s physically in front of you. Your school may not have been the nicest place to grow up, or your village may not have won Cleanest Barangay in 2013. And on a bad day, one too many shopping carts in the canal on your walk to the supermarket can kick off a gloomy mood.

God is the stable center of all beauty.

Wherever and whenever you are, you can live healthily, fixed on Him.

Whether that’s some truth you’ve found in the Bible, a person who shows you the beauty of Jesus, or just a morning of quietly worshiping while you get on with your tasks, when we have God at the forefront of our minds we can say, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Psalm 16: 5-6 ESV)

What now?

American pastor Jonathan Martin said, “Whenever and wherever you see beauty, you will always be able to follow it back to Jesus.” Keep an eye out for it!

Verse of the Day

‘Whatever is right… think about [it]’  Philippians 4:8 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

February 15th, 2014

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