An Inside Job – Steamed
Key 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.