Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Philippians 4:8
Life can get crazy loud. With work, friends, family, household responsibilities, and a hundred other things going on, it can be challenging to carve our time for peace and quiet.
Recently, I stepped out onto my porch to get a breath of fresh winter air and I was instantly bombarded with noise. A barking dog next door. A neighbor running a table saw in his garage. Cars driving up and down the road. Children playing in a yard. I was ready to turn around and go back inside and then a soft wind began to blow.
The wind of change took me back to the walk in the woods I took two weeks ago, I could almost hear the soft tinkling of the beautiful wind chimes that I found hung for hikers to find. I closed my eyes, and as I focused on the song of the wind chimes, other noises faded into the background. The noise disappeared because of what I chose to focus on.
The world is full of distractions, noises, and needs all vying for our attention. These things seek space in our hearts and minds, making it easy to get overwhelmed and lose focus. Sometimes we need to stop and ask ourselves: What is right? Noble? True? Pure? Lovely? Admirable? Then we must choose to focus on those things and let the rest fade into the background.
I don’t want to be distracted by the “loud” things and possibly miss that delicate song that matters.