“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Yesterday, we looked at what it means steer our thinking into what is true.
Today, we look at honour.
What does that even mean?
I haven’t spent a lot of time in court.
Okay, I have spent zero time in court. But I know from TV shows that judges are called ‘Your Honour.’
I’m sure many of them live up to the term. To stand for justice, fight for the rights of the trampled ones, interpret the law wisely and apply it fairly – what a high calling.
I’m also pretty sure there are some who don’t begin to qualify.
Another place I’ve heard the term is in government. We call politicians of high ranking ‘the Right Honourable’ so and so. To serve public interests, putting your own needs and biases aside for the greater good is another high calling – and a tough job, to boot.
But when said politicians don’t behave in honourable ways – well, that rather complicates the term.
I had to look deeper.
I know our war veterans are held in honour, and are worthy of our respect. That helps us get closer.
After pondering for a bit, I looked it up.
“The word honorable has to do with people and actions that are honest, fair, and worthy of respect. An honorable person is someone who believes in truth and doing the right thing — and tries to live up to those high principles.”
(This according to vocabulary.com. I hope they are an honourable website, or the whole thing becomes very ironic.)
An honourable person believes in truth, and in doing the right thing.
There’s truth again.
Look what grows out of a love, appreciation , and firm grip on truth – honour.
So to think on things that are honourable takes thinking about truth one step further. It means to train our brain – to learn to reject lies, and hold truth in high honour.
If I had a mind reader contraption, and could measure quantity and quality, how often do you suppose your thoughts are trained upon the honourable track?
It’s one thing to only think what is true. It’s another entirely to have thoughts that are always honourable.
As in, of exceptionally high standard. Worthy of respect.
I think I’ve got some work to do in this department.
I’m pretty sure I have more thoughts that are negative, complaining, and selfish than those which are honourable.
What changes would sprout from planting seeds of honour inside my brain? What if I dragged my thinking from the gutter and elevated it to the status of high honour?
Who knows what I could accomplish.
Make a thinking switch with me?
Father, our thinking has such power. Regenerate us. Renew our thoughts. Show us what it really means to think thoughts of high honour – and teach us to hold You in that place of high honour and reverence. Amen.