The Brotherhood – Part 16

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul offers perhaps the greatest summary of how to live recorded in the epistles. He tells his friends to counteract worry with rejoicing, pray when there’s something to worry about, be thankful for what God has already done in your life, and let God’s peace take over your heart (Phil 4:4-7). This step-by-step approach has an amazing reach–it covers every situation I can think of!

At the end of this great paragraph, Paul then identifies the things to fill your mind with–things, that are good, honest, true, etc. After all, if you purge your mind of worry, you’ll have a lot of mental space to fill. And Paul knows that if you fill your mind with good things, you’ll have little room left for the worry that will try to sneak in.

It works the same way with purity. The more we fill our minds with good things–blessings, responsibilities, love for children, attraction and admiration for our wives–the less room we will have for impure thoughts about those God has not given to us.

But, you’ve got to be intentional about thinking on such things. Truth is, the less-than-good thoughts have a way of making space for themselves in our thoughts. Left to ourselves, we will more easily collect negative and impure thoughts than good ones. There’s something in our fallen nature that keeps the door open to such damaging thoughts. We must aggressively combat this tendency with thinking on good things intentionally.

I’d recommend that you make a short list of the good things you can think on, and keep it handy. Start your day reflecting on God’s blessings and the love relationships He has provided in your life. At noon, revisit the list again, and jog through the list again at bedtime. Of course, you’ll want to use the list when temptation toward other thoughts may arise at other parts of the day. Begin disciplining your mind to know the list you want to spend your thoughts on. Good practice of good thoughts can begin to retrain your brain for the life you really want.

Ultimately your thoughts will define your path. So pick a good road for your life by choosing the best thoughts to guide you.

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