And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. - Philippians 4:8-9
Honorable things are things that are marked with Godly attributes. Wisdom, humility, gentleness. Those type of things.
We find in scripture that our honor is what should speak volumes to the world even when we do not speak. It's something that really stood out to me as I've been learning a lot about losing my ability to speak intelligibly with this disease.
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. - 1 Peter 2:15
Fixing our thoughts on what is honorable becomes more important, rather than less, as we progress in our chronic diseases. It also can become more of a challenge, but anything worth doing is worth the effort, isn't it? We can depend on Jesus to always give us the strength we need when our own seems small and invisible.
In this life of loss and grief, it really does become more and more an issue of actions being way, way louder than words. People are watching us. Honestly, we confuse them. They think of how they would deal with it if they were given the diagnosis we were just given, and it scares the mess out of them. They do not understand hope or joy or grace. They don't understand honorable, and the only way to teach them is to live it while they watch.
I mean, I certainly didn't believe I could do this when I became ill. Most days I still don't... and honestly I can't. It's not me who makes each forward step possible, it's Christ.
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. - James 3:13
Do good works with humility.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. - Galatians 6:9
Soak up wisdom. It's right at our fingertips.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. - James 1:5
And so this week, I've been asking. I've been begging, actually. I've been more and more aware of being watched and doing my best to live in an honorable way. I'm fixing my thoughts on honorable things. Planting them firmly in my heart and mind and praying that some day they will become second nature.
How about you?
Father in Heaven, please grant us wisdom and grace to act and think honorably in our difficult circumstances. Help us to continue to look to You for this. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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