“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
While circumstances are beyond our control, we can control our thoughts. To dwell upon something is to offer it deliberate and prolonged contemplation; to give weight to. Consider what has been weighing upon your mind in recent days. Has it added to your well-being? Today’s text, along with Paul’s charge to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), underscores the role of our cognitive processes as the Holy Spirit seeks to accomplish his ongoing work of transformation within our lives. The apostle is not espousing the power of positive thinking but, rather, a weighted focus upon virtues that lead to the development of Christian character.