Last week was a “Whatever Week!” You know whatever could go wrong, just about went wrong. A week of rattling and shaking seeing what ounce of faith was in me kind of week. Memorable moments of NOPE; rather not visit this week again. However it’s in these moments that we can choose to look at fear or faith and focus on the whatever.
I am sparing the details of the week, as I am sure you have had similar weeks or plenty-o-moments you would rather not revisit. It’s not that I’m avoiding or refusing to face the circumstances, I have chosen to focus on God through the circumstances of life and therefore give Him the glory.
In the circumstances it’s easy to glorify what went wrong, what continues to go wrong, oh and what could go wrong. What our default response to circumstances tends to comes out in tough times. If we choose not to hold each thought captive, it is our default to dwell on the unlovely in life. It’s what we’ve chosen to remain in even though our desire is to see differently we run to what’s familiar and it is to dwell on the circumstance.
Philippians 4:8 teaches us a new thought. A new “Whatever” to focus on:
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 worth of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 is the WHATEVER we need to look to focus on. The following version puts the whatever’s of life in place revealing what to release and replace:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-THE BEST, not the worst; the BEAUTIFUL, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Msg
Beloved what are the WHATEVER’S you’re focusing on? Take a moment, take a scan and witness your thoughts…. and if it’s not the best, the beautiful, the lovely, and of excellence and good report; I challenge you to consider your WHATEVER’S! Consider then surrender any and every thought that does not line up with Philippians 4:8. Have faith in God, trusting and knowing WHATEVER challenge you face He can turn around for your good.
I want to hear from you! Leave a comment below. Share how you will consider your WHATEVER’S!