“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.”
Whoever shot this arrow had excellent aim, wouldn’t you say?
That’s one way to illustrate the word ‘excellent’.
Extremely good. Outstanding. Of very high quality.
All ways of expressing something – an achievement, an outcome, a character, a stellar employee, a successful venture – that is excellent.
Would you say your thoughts would measure up to that standard?
I’m in that boat, too.
I have maybe a few excellent thoughts a day. Once in a while, I get a great idea. Maybe I get the prompt to do something for someone, reach out and connect with someone on my mind, or think fond thoughts of Hubby. Maybe I’ll notice something well done at work, and appreciate it.
I had an excellent thought today.
A SaskPower guy had to come out this morning because our furnace quit working in the middle of a cold snap – cold enough that the weather folk have declared an extreme cold warning. I was genuinely thankful for his work on our behalf. I was extremely thankful that our furnace has been reliable through this challenging weather – and that I had warm clothing and blankets in which to snuggle.
I’d call that close to an excellent train of thought.
But – to maintain that for a whole day?
Or week? Month? Year?
My goodness. I may need an upgrade…
The thing is, this life I’ve been given can be an excellent adventure, one of learning and growing in the area of pursuing positive and wholesome thinking.
Too bad I’ve spent so much of it developing a habit of ‘grumpling’.
Humans are not naturally prone to high quality thinking, you know. We are so easily drawn to the easy way out – and flipping our thinking is definitely not a task for the faint of heart.
We are admonished to ‘fix our thoughts’ on all these great categories like true and right and good.
As in, nail them up. Attach them somewhere. Aim high.
Like an arrow right to the bullseye.
I don’t suppose our mystery target shooter got to be an excellent shot by not showing up for practice. Or only taking the minimum of shots available. Or shooting Willy nilly with no plan in place, no method, no preparation.
It takes effort. Determination. And a willingness to develop a skill that won’t feel intuitive or natural.
At least at first.
But – we could end up having an excellent adventure!
Prepare to aim at an excellent target with me?
Father, these are very high standards of thinking to achieve. We will need Your help to change, to reset, to recognize where we have failed and what we can do to start again. Help us to aim high, so that our habits and character can be transformed with practice! Amen.