i keep hearing this verse over and over this past week...
Phil. 4:8 Finally, brothers, 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.
and i keep thinking about mass media & society as a sophomore...
- about how this verse was used to justify ways of sensorship
- about how this verse was taken out of context
- about how this verse was/is drummed in to the minds of a youth culture who grows more numb while at the same time more aware of the world about them by the minute
so is it really about sensorship and making sure no nakedness or bad words or bad choices are consumed in media and relational intake?
or is it really about having a more positive outlook on life and relationships, not dwelling on the negative - focusing on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy about each other and about circumstances that we find ourselves in? because more often than not, it is so easy to dwell on what bugs us, what irks us, what is wrong and what we - what i - would like to change. it is so easy to say what we (i) wish would be different - what we (i) would rather do or be or or not. it's not as easy (for me) to dwell on the good of what i can't see as good rightnow.
is this also another lesson in patience?