Whatever is praiseworthy

It is with good reason that Paul says, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" Philippians 4:8. Or, to put it differently, surround yourself, fill your life and take pleasure in the good things around you.


In most cases we can filter what we see and hear. Jesus said, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness" Luke 11:34-35.

The things we see and hear shape our thoughts, and our thoughts determine our attitudes and actions. By thinking of things that are praiseworthy and good we glorify God in our thoughts. Make a list of a dozen things that you value, are grateful for and enjoy. Here are the things I treasure and appreciate, in no particular order:

  • Close relationships
  • Creativity
  • Laughter
  • Children
  • Music
  • Peace
  • Wide open spaces
  • Spring, and the sound of and rain
  • Stillness
  • Colour
  • Love
  • The hope of eternal life

Please use the 'comment tab' below to share the things in life that are special to you.