Beautiful a capella choral version of this gorgeous and powerful hymn.
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 (NIV)
Early in my walk with Jesus, I realized that what I thought about and what I exposed myself to made a significant difference, both to my mood and to my continued walk with Christ. There was certain music that I had loved for years, but in listening to it with my “new ears” I found that it put me in a foul mood and made me feel more aggressive every time I listened to it. I found that foul language affected me differently than it had before I knew Jesus, and I no longer wanted to be exposed to it. (I also no longer wanted to speak it, although that is a struggle that I haven’t yet fully mastered.) I found that certain movies or movie scenes were not helpful to my walk, even though some of them were movies that I had watched often and previously enjoyed.
What was I to do about all of this?
For me, the decision was simple: It had to go. All of it. I threw away hundreds of dollars’ worth of CDs and tapes and videos; they all ended up in the trash bin. I quit seeing R rated movies as I found elements of them too disturbing to my inner peace. I found myself more often listening to the Christian music stations than the secular ones.
My approach to this may not be for everyone; I just know that it worked for me. I still listen to select secular music as well as Christian music. I go to movies with family-friendly ratings. I find that I haven’t missed anything of importance to me at all. I have found that it’s easier to keep my thoughts fixed on Jesus and things of the Kingdom when I minimize the unhelpful influences. My heart stays freer and happier when my thoughts are fixed on the important things.
What do you do to focus on the “whatever”?