“Don’t be anxious,” I tell myself. When my mind starts swirling about the to-do lists or the future or the present or this overwhelming task of parenthood, or the fill in the blank. Don’t be anxious.
Then I try to remember about what follows in Philippians 4, what I’m supposed to think about instead of those worries: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” Yes, those sound so much better than my worries. What is true in this situation? What is lovely? What is praiseworthy? Let’s shift focus.
Recently, as I was trying to remember all of the “whatever is” words, I realized something. Or God showed me something. All of those words describe God’s love.
God’s love is true.
God’s love is noble.
God’s love is right.
God’s love is pure.
God’s love is lovely.
God’s love is admirable.
God’s love is excellent.
God’s love is praiseworthy.
Sit and soak. Breathe those words in deep. I may never remember the list of words (I’m terrible at memorizing), but I can remember that God’s love is. And that, my friends, is enough.