Think About These

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Normally, I don’t watch these types of shows on television.

While visiting someone, though, a cooking program came on.

It was a contest, actually.

Two people were at separate cooking stations.

Some ingredients had been hidden in front of them.

They could not see what was under a covering.

When a timer started, each person was allowed to look at the ingredients before them and then also go to a large pantry and pick out any other ingredients they wanted in order to make “something.”

That was the key—-each contestant could decide exactly what they wanted to make with the ingredients they had been given along with whatever other ingredients they chose from the pantry.

I didn’t finish the entire program.

I would imagine that the show ended with each culinary creation being complete and judges deciding which one tasted best.

If my life could be “made” new every day, what would I want to put in it?

If I compared my life to a pan of cornbread, what would I use to make it?

Cornmeal, eggs, oil, milk and flour.

Would I put in a few small pebbles from the yard?

Of course not!

The cornbread would bake just fine, but when I tried to eat it, I could bite into a small rock and break a tooth.

Worse than than, I could possibly swallow a pebble and then it could cause all kinds of problems inside.

In my actual life, I need to put only good things in my mind.

Things that God would want there.

Just as I wouldn’t want to put rocks in corn meal, I wouldn’t want to put ungodly things in my mind where they could blend in and cause me a lot of trouble and pain.

If God doesn’t approve of an ingredient I am considering, I don’t need to use it.

What I look at, what I listen to, who I spend time with,  what I read.

Is it a good ingredient or is it not?

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

—Philippians 4:8

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