"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."
I've spent a lot of my life in prison - not a prison made of metal bars but a prison of crippling lies.
Our world so often distorts the truth and makes us believe that lies are truth.
That our income determines our value.
That we must be young and impossibly thin to be beautiful.
That our life is a failure if we aren't honored or recognized for things we have done.
That possessions matter more than people.
With God's grace, I am learning slowly but surely that His truth often does not match up with the world's skewed version.
His truth calls us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
His truth calls us to make sacrifices for others instead of always putting our own needs first.
His truth tells us to move beyond the powerful pull of destructive thoughts and feelings.
God's truths are not always easy but they are always life-giving.
They show us the things that really matter in the end.
Fruits of the Spirit that transcend the passing fads and passions of this fallen world.
I pray that we may all come to know and live by God's unchanging truth and love and be set free from whatever imprisons us.
"You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."