The prompt for this week is…
Finally, brothers, what things are true, what things are dignified, what things are righteous, what things are pure, what things are lovely, what things are well spoken of, if there is any virtue and if any praise, take account of these things. – Philippians 4:8
I once heard that people who are experts at spotting counterfeit money become experts because they spend a lot of time handling the real thing. They know every little minute detail of the real bills, how it feels, the thickness of it, even how it smells. They’re so familiar with the real thing that they can easily pick out which ones are the fakes. Where am I going with this? Well let’s just say this world is full of counterfeit bills. There are so many things out there that seem like they can satisfy us, promising real joy, real contentment, real rest. But then once we get them, whether it’s the career we’ve been working towards for years, or the house we’ve always wanted, or even just that new restaurant we’ve been dying to go to, why is it that we’re still so often left with this sense of dissatisfaction? It’s like eating cotton candy when you’re really hungry. The fleeting sweetness of it just leaves you even more hungry.
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that God has placed “eternity in our heart.” That means that the only things that can really satisfy us are the eternal things. The only one that can fill that need in our being is the Eternal One. He’s the real thing. All other things are just shadows of Him. He’s our real career, our real house, our real food. If we spend the time getting to know Him, we’ll be able to spot a counterfeit from a mile away. Knowing Him will give us the real discernment of what things are true, dignified, righteous, pure, lovely and well spoken of…and these are the things we should take account of, not the counterfeits.