Henry Ford once said, “You are not what you think you are; but what you think, you are.” What he meant was that the things that we put into our mind, the things that we think about, the things that we dwell on, will shape what we are becoming. He’s so right.
St. Paul obviously knew this. And that is why he gave some very sound advice to the Philippians that we read in our second reading today. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
We all have “tapes” that we play over and over again in our minds. For far too many people, those “tapes” contain negative messages. We remember every bad thing that our parents ever said to us. We replay in our minds that we’re not good enough, not strong enough, ugly, fat, too skinny…the list goes on and on. Let me give you some sound advice today: STOP IT!!!! Read Philippians 4:8 over and over again and put it into practice in your life, in your mind. Think about good things, and good things will come to you!
Father, help us to get rid of the many negative things that we tend to dwell on. Help us to live out Philippians 4:8. Amen.