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An Inside Job – Steamed

Raking LeavesKey Bible Verse:  “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right … pure and lovely and admirable … excellent and worthy of praise.”  – Philippians 4:8

Bonus Reading:  Proverbs 31:10-12

One day Corlette said something that really disappointed me.  I went out to the back yard to rake leaves.  For about 15 minutes I treated myself to a real “pity party,” increasingly convinced that I should go back in and let her know how hurt I was.

But then, by God’s grace, Philippians 4:8 came to mind.

Ha!  I thought at first.  What’s honorable, right, or lovely about the way she’s treating me?

But the Holy Spirit wouldn’t give up.  Within a few moments, I grudgingly conceded that Corlette is a good cook.  Then I admitted that she keeps a beautiful home, practices wonderful hospitality, and has been very kind and thoughtful toward my family.  Then I remembered how much she’d supported me through some difficult times in my work.  And didn’t she even take up backpacking because she knew I loved it?

Within minutes my attitude was turned upside down and I saw the offensive comment for what it was—a momentary and insignificant flaw in an otherwise wonderful person.  I went back inside, but not to confront Corlette about what she’d said.  Instead, I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her how glad I was to be married to her.

—Ken Sande in The Peacemaker

My Response:  I’ll commit to apply Philippians 4:8 thinking to one situation today.

Thought to Apply:  If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.—Chinese Proverb

Adapted from The Peacemaker (Baker, 1991, 1997)

Prayer for the Week:  I can cope with external challenges, Lord, if I’m internally aligned with Your will.  Help me to think like a true Christian this week.

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