Finally, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. —Philippians 4:8
Our world is often described as a dark, scary, uncertain place. Headlines and storylines seem to propagate this notion, made ever-more present by the 24-hour news cycle and boom of social media. But this declaration of “the end of days” is nothing new! And for that, we should be thankful. For that, we should think on these things, the wise words from the Apostle Paul.
Paul and many of the other apostles and early supporters of the Christian Church truly did feel as if “the end of days” was nigh as they continued to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But in Paul’s letter of adoration for those hard workers, we learn what is really important.
Truth. Honesty. Justice. Purity. Love. Kindness. These are virtues that we as Christians should think on, not only during Lent but throughout our lives. I often get swept up in achieving ambitious goals, caring for others, making sure my projects are perfect, or satisfying my overflowing social commitments calendar. Then I seem to neglect thinking on these things. This Lenten season, I’m asking for prayers to help ground me to keep thinking on these things.
We know Lent can be a dark, scary, uncertain time. The death of Jesus Christ is undoubtedly the darkest, scariest, most uncertain time for Christians, both early believers and followers to present time. But friends, know this, and think on these things, because the resurrection of Jesus Christ is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report, now and forever. That much is for certain.
O Lord, please help us think on these things and find hope, light and reflection during this Lenten season and beyond. Amen.