Remember when you were a child, how you used to dream of what you would do when you grew up?
Then, as a teenager, how you spent massive amounts of time thinking about your life and trying to define yourself and your calling? Trying to answer the question, Who am I?
And you couldn’t wait until you became an adult so you could have it all figured out?
You arrived at adulthood and realized you didn’t have it all figured out.
In fact, it got harder to discern your path because you kept listening to those little voices that whispered negativity. The ones that seemed to say, It’s all bad.
And those messages of doubt, fear, unworthiness, etc. grew louder over time, stealing your confidence, your energy, your joy.
I recently read this quote by Tommy Newberry from his book The 4:8 Principle, a book based on Philippians 4:8.
“The secret conversations you hold in the privacy of your own mind are shaping your destiny, little by little.”
That statement really grabbed my attention. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The power of words. Or, rather, the words we give power to in our lives.
I wonder how different our lives would be if we applied the wisdom of Philippians 4:8?
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
I believe the answer can be found in the preceding verses. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us what we gain by surrendering our thoughts to God in prayer.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Peace. A mind and heart quieted by the knowledge that God has answered that age-old question for all of us.
Who am I? Who are you?
We are children of God. When we listen to Him, the power of His life-giving words begins to transform our thinking. And the destiny He has written for each of us is like a beautiful song.
A song we hear more clearly when our hearts are tuned to the voice of the One who has long been whispering in our ear, It’s all good.