What is on my heart to explore is how what we DWELL upon affects how we live. The initial answer is pretty clear, but the more I think about how this works in my life and the life of others, it is not so simple.
Remember being told – “you are what you eat.” This is so true physically. Eat junk-food and it leads to being full of junk-food without what we really need to live a healthy life. Eating poorly may not start of seeming so bad, but stay on that path and it leads to poor heath and if nothing changes death.
What we dwell on “feeds” our actions. What we think about leads to our actions. Therefore, it matters what we think about. You might be thinking, duh, but what are you doing? Are you living a faithful life according to Gods’ will or something else?
It seems like the first response to this question for many is to bring up perfection. Well, nobody is perfect. Living a faithful life is not about perfection on earth, but it does require being perfected. Here I go again getting all complicated.
Which way are you going? There are only two ways! Following Jesus on the narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14), or other. What we are doing, how we are living, starts with on what or whom are we thinking (dwelling).
When we dwell on anything other than “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any more excellence and if there is any praise – DWELL on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
On what am I dwelling?