We invite you to take a peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.
By Campus Pastor Keith Lomen, Orchard Path and Valley Ridge
“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.” — Philippians 4:8, NIV
In our everyday lives, as we go about our business of working with, and serving our residents and co-workers at PHS, we have choices. We have choices about where our minds go. Do they tend to drift toward the difficulties, problems and stressors of each day? Do we allow our minds to tend in the direction of what is ‘missing and miserable’ in our lives? Or are we as the people of God choosing to see the good, the joyful and the beautiful in our daily activities?
In this verse from Philippians, Paul urges us to ONLY think about the good, the true, the noble, the beautiful. I think this is because Paul knows how much we are controlled by what we think about and dwell on each day. Do we think about the size of our problems or the size of our God to solve them? Do we think about what we’ve lost or what is missing in our lives right now, or, by the grace of God, are we able to see that come what may, our pockets are still and always will be absolutely full?!
Basically, it could come down to this: burdens or blessings — on which will choose to think about? As the people of God, called to be salt and light in this dark world of ours, let us very intentionally fill our minds and hearts with a great Biblical truth: our core identity is we all are children of God. Keep thinking then, all day every day: I am God’s beloved child, and so I am blessed!
Years ago, legendary radio personality Earl Nightingale set out to find what he called ‘the wisdom of the ages’ and landed here: ‘We become what we think about.’ He’s absolutely right. Admittedly, our world can be a very scary place at times, and our thoughts can take us to a lot of dangerous places, if we let them.
I strongly recommend that, as the Bible urges us, to "take every thought captive" (2 Corinthians 10:5). We must make a serious attempt to rein in our thoughts right now. God’s people today need to be thinking wisely, clearly, deeply and positively. We can’t allow ‘what-ifs’ to consume us for days at a time. Rather, let us remember that God is sovereign in all things, and He is working now and forever for our good, even in these perilous times. Think on that.
Pastor Keith Lomen serves PHS as Campus Pastor at Orchard Path in Apple Valley and Valley Ridge in Burnsville, MN. He is happily married for 37 years to his beautiful wife Nan. They have two sons and two grandsons, and are actively enjoying (and fixing up!) their new home in White Bear Lake. Pastor Keith loves sports and follows them all, and he still plays as many of them as he can.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
Find more in the Light for the Way series:
Unity in diversity: a reflection on Pentecost
Crying out to God who listens
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series
In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care website.