A daily reflection on Philippians 4:8 from Pastor Bay:
Wow! I don’t know about you, but I have always thought of myself self as a fixer.
I want to “fix” a situation...I try and “fix” one of my children’s broken toys (instead of just going on Amazon and drop-shipping another to replace it)...I “fix” dinner...I “fix” my hair...I “fix” anything I can (or at least attempt to)...
But today’s scripture speaks to me in a new way! In a way that may “fix” my perception of fixing. We are instructed: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” There goes the duct tape!
How many times in our lives do we try and fix what’s going on with whatever happens to be lying around? People used to joke that the television character, MacGyver, could fix anything with a piece of tin foil and chewing gum. We do this! We try and accomplish a “fix,” but we are sometimes so concerned about getting the job done that we cut corners, and don’t take time to properly replace what needs replaced, we usually don’t have the proper training, or experience, or even have the right tools in our toolbox to actually get the job done right.
In today’s scripture, we are reminded to fix our thoughts on “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” Yes the word “fix” is intended to mean “secure” or to “allow to rooted in” ... but I personally have felt the brokenness of my thoughts, and I feel that they could use more of “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable,” to fix them. We don’t need duct tape... our tin foil... out chewing gum!
So put away your duct tape... turn your attention away from quick fixes, and look to God! The author of “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.”
You don’t have to be a Mr. or Mrs. Fixxit, God’s already hard at work bringing about restoration and reparations for that which is broken in your life; just fix your eyes upon God! If you want it fixed right... there is no where else to turn.
God, thank you for the way that you ar
e at work in my life, bringing about transformation that comes only from you. You have created, and you have repaired.
Grant me the power to submit to your will, and to let go of the desire to fix my own problems and shortcomings with anything other than that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Fix me, that others may see your redemptive work is available in their lives, in their brokenness, as well. In the name of Jesus Christ, through the working of the Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen.