As a voracious reader, I’ve read everything from textbooks to cereal boxes. As a kid, when I was bored and there was nothing else around, I would literally pick up toothpaste tubes and read the ingredients, just to be reading something, anything. But my mom often warned me: Not everything is worth reading. There are many bad books out there. Instead, try to fill your mind with good things only.
That’s what Philippians 4:8 is all about. It’s a good reminder in a hyper-connected, information-dense age where with the click of a button or the tap of a finger we can access the world’s knowledge (both good and bad) in milliseconds. It’s also hard to do. But that’s why I wrote this song…as a reminder for me and hopefully for you, too.
8 Finally, brothers, 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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Whatever is noble, whatever is true
Whatever is lovely, whatever is pure
If anything’s admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, or right
If anything, if anything…think about such things
Whatever you have learned, received or heard from me,
Or seen in me, put it into practice.
And God, the God of truth–our God, the God of truth
Will be with you…