Monday, September 19, 2011

Exchanging Stinking Thinking With Heavenly Thoughts~

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8, The Message


The other day, my husband and I were cruising down the highway that runs through our small town. We were enjoying each other’s company, sharing in light conversation and trucking right along, when all of a sudden, my nose interrupted us. Well, not my nose actually,  rather the unpleasant odor that captured my nose’s attention, along with all the rest of me!

“EwwwwwwwwwWeeeeeeeeee!”, I exclaimed.

“Where is that smell comin……Oh, look!” I answered.

There is front of us, a little further down the road, was a cattle truck, full of… what else, cattle! From the smell of things, you would have thought we were in the midst of a cattle ranch or dairy farm. The stench wafting through the air was overwhelming….

until.......

my husband and I approached close enough to read the writing on the back of the trailer.


It simply said:


BLESSED HOPE

Suddenly, our eewwwwwwww turned into an aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww! Instantly, our thoughts were inspired to think beyond the obtrusive odor to the blessed hope we have in Christ.


“Wow. Now, after seeing the message on the back of that truck, that stench doesn’t seem so bad”, my husband commented.

And he was right. I hardly noticed that peculiar odor at all!

When we set our mind on things above, the “smelly” things of life are easier to take.



Cross on the hill, nr Kemsing, Kent
{Photo Credit}
When we purposefully and intentionally choose to focus

on whatever is

true,

noble,

reputable,

authentic,

compelling,

gracious—

the best, not the worst;

the beautiful, not the ugly;

things to praise, not things to curse,

the “stinky” times of life don’t seem so bad.

Heavenly Father, What an unlikely place to find such a sweet reminder of the blessed hope we have in you. And yet, the world is full of your goodness if only we have the eyes to see it. Help us to daily choose to look past the trials and tribulations of this world and to set our sights on YOU. In Jesus’ name, Amen~

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8 comments:

  1. Here is truth that God can simply use anything -- even down to cattle in a trailer. Love how He brought to mind this verse. You illustrated it so wonderfully!

    BTW, I thought you were going to say that the smell was coming from your husband! :)

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  2. Hi Stacy - I had to chuckle at that. But, wow, what a practical application. Its so true what you say'"purposefully and intentionally focus..."
    Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. I love how God shows us things all the time ... when driving down the road and hanging out w/ husbands. He's always showing and teaching. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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  4. What a delightful story, Stacy! It reminds me that first impressions aren't always correct ones. :)

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  5. wow. there was some stinkiness in this house today. i wish i could have reached the "blessed hope" perspective. ahh, but tomorrow is a new day, thankfully, and you've left me feeling encouraged to always turn to the words of truth when those moments threaten to drag me down.
    beautifully illustrated!
    steph

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  6. Love this, "When we set our mind on things above, the “smelly” things of life are easier to take." So very true! Great post ~ Many blessings!

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  7. Well I love this and not just because of the Phil. 4:8 verse to hang our all on, BUT because cow manure is a truly'sweet' smell to me growing up on a dairy farm! When the school bus would bring us home the others would say 'eeeeewwwwwwwee' and we would smile and say 'smells like home'. How's that:} {chicken poo on the other hand is always eeewwwweee!;}

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