Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
The Bible Reader’s Companion defines the words this way: “the true, which is the reliable and honest; the noble, or worthy of respect; the right, which conforms to God’s standards and merits approval; the pure, which is moral and chaste; the lovely, which is pleasing and agreeable; the admirable, which is worthy of praise.” (p. 809)
Look around at your surroundings for one minute. Do they contribute to your ability to think such positive thoughts? Are the rooms around you worthy of respect? Do they merit approval? Are they pleasing, agreeable, and worthy of praise? It’s hard to think true, noble, and admirable thoughts when you are continually surrounded by “I need to” and “I should have,” “I hate this” and “what a mess.”
One of the best benefits of getting rid of overwhelming clutter is the freedom in your mind: the weight, the burden that is lifted off of you, where you are suddenly able to focus on better things. Instead of drowning and being dragged down, you’re light, free and clear. The negative thoughts are gone, and you’re able to think on the right, lovely, and admirable.
Can you imagine what this world would be like if everyone could live by this verse?