Whisper Day 15: Think on These Things

Horse Stampede, photo by Hugh Beebower

Day 14 of the Whisper Reading Plan is set aside for worship and rest.

The Power of a Whisper
Reading Plan

Day 15 Reading:
Philippians 2:5-11; 4:4-9

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:7-8

Observation
A main theme of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is developing the mind of Christ. In his book The Power of a Whisper, Bill Hybels describes this process as corralling our thoughts and conforming them to Christ’s. This imagery drew me to picture of my thoughts as wild, beautiful, volatile and powerful horses. As a follower of Christ, I allow them to be brought into his corral for training and protection. (a safe place for my heart and my mind- v. 7) After some time, my thoughts begin to work together, to move in the same direction under the leadership of Christ. Their power is disciplined in the best sense of that word. They are harnessed for a greater good.

The list in Philippians 4:8 serves as the fence posts of the corral. The first four – true, honorable, just, pure – are Christ-like character traits I desire to cultivate. The last four – pleasing, commendable, excellent, worthy of praise – are the types of people I look to as role models to inspire me and challenge me to greater faith.

Application
I sense God calling me to find some role models who are living this list. It will be challenging since so much of the media is now devoted to following the lives of people making foolish choices- wasting money and opportunity, misplaced priorities, destructive habits and relationships, etc.

I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book,
the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.
– John Wesley

Prayer
Lord Jesus, Savior and Sanctifier, lead me to those who live your list. Persons of honor and excellence and truth. Inspire me with their faith and servant hearts. Make the changes needed in me so I too might inspire others to greater good and faith in you. Thank you for the promise of new life in you. Thank you for being the safe place for my heart and mind, the place of deep healing and wholeness. Thank you for the chance to be a part of a greater good. In Your Name I trust and pray. Amen.

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As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you learn to better listen and respond to God’s whispers in your life. – Lisa <><

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