Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 226 Gwen Thielges right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” The Bible says that we have been given self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7), that our mind can be renewed (Romans 12:2), and that we can have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). None of these promises should be taken lightly. They are real, and they are ours to accept. When we use excuses such as, “I can’t control my thoughts,” or “I just can’t stop thinking about that,” we are actually doubting the power of God to help us in our thought life. God desires to help us in every aspect of our lives! Be the teammate that brings the mood in the locker room or the playing field back up with positive words that stem from positive thoughts. 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) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) Dear Lord, I pray that You will help me think on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. I truly desire to have the “mind of Christ.” I know that You can help me and that You want to help me think on what is excellent and praiseworthy. Thank You, Lord, for being concerned about everything in my life, including what I spend my time thinking about. May I realize just how much that matters and how much it affects me and others around me. In Your holy name I pray, Amen.