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Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.
As St Paul begins to close his letter to the young church at Philippi, he gives them, “The Challenge To Reframe.” One of the biggest challenges for the new follower of Christ is to reframe the way they look at life through the mental lens of their old way of living to their new life in Jesus. When you look at all of the new reframing challenges here, you will see that the Christian life is so much better than the life lived for self.
What I love about this passage is that it tells us we can really change or reframe our thought life. In fact, when Paul finishes with this new challenge, he doesn’t say, think about making a change in these areas, instead he says, “think about such things!” It’s not optional; it’s a directive. How do we change? First, Christ now lives in us, and so all things are possible to those who believe. Second, our first thought is not always the best thought when you are a new Christian. So learn to bite your tongue and consider the next thought, which is Paul’s new way of looking at challenges. Last of all, don’t let up with “The Challenge To Reframe,” because it will take time to break old habits and establish new practices of thinking properly. With God’s help, we can all accept “The Challenge To Reframe.”
This AM, I’ve been a Follower of you for many years, but each day I have to accept “The Challenge To Reframe.” Temptation is always near and wanting me to just go off on friends when I’m upset. But that’s not the way to operate as a Christian. Help me, Jesus. Amen