“Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, think about such things.”
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 (NIV)
My husband and I had been counting the days until the debut of a new TV drama that promised great things. The producer was world renowned. The lead female was immensely likable. The premise intrigued us both. And so, with sky-high expectations, we set our DVR to record the program and were childishly giddy the night we actually got to pile into bed, a giant bowl of popcorn between us, and hit Play.
The first half hour had us hooked. But then came episode two. Within fifteen minutes, I knew my husband and I weren’t long for this particular path. As the characters’ stories unfolded, so did vast amounts of selfishness, scheming, and smut. “No,” I screamed at the TV, “the teasers looked so good!”
My husband laughed as he flipped channels to find something else, and a verse I’d known since I was a kid eased its way through: “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, think about such things.”
Avoiding a not-so-pure TV show is admittedly a very small step in what is the vast universe of God-honoring activity in this life. But it was a small step toward the God I adore.
Thanks, Father, for even small victories that lead to big transformations in my life. —Ashley Wiersma
Digging Deeper: Rom12:1–2; 2 Cor 4:16; 1Pt1:13