Posted by: robertartemenko | January 25, 2010

“Whatever is true…think about such things”

“Finally, brothers, 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.” The apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8 encourages us toward our best mindset. While there’s no consensus on the elements that make for the right view of the world, this string is a good candidate. It starts with “whatever is true.” These days I am sold-out on how important a first stop that is. Imagine a shift change at an air traffic control center. What has to happen before an effective transition can occur ? Imagine an EMT first on the scene? What determines first actions, on whom, with what?
We must ground ourselves in the truth, and the reality around us, to live our best life and one that ultimately pleases God. While the truth is elusive, we need to commit ourselves as hunter-gatherers of truth. Without getting the veins properly aligned on an arrow, its path is uncertain throughout its flight, to say nothing about fulfilling its aim. We also need truth aligned mindsets that that direct our course.
Commit to truth-seeking, and in particular dive deeply into who God is, what He says about Himself, who He wants you to be, and how He wants you to treat Him and others.
You will not be the first, nor lonely, on this journey. Consider this archaelogy.
Motto of Harvard University, “Veritas,”   “Truth.”
Motto of Yale University, “Lux et Veritas,”   “Light is Truth.”
Motto of Columbia University, “In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen,” “ In Thy light we shall see light.”
And my favorite, from my Alma Mater, Northwestern University, “Quacumque Sunt Vera,” “Whatever is True,” from Philippians 4:8.
Related to the above, here are thoughts on the relationship of first truth, then faith and then love.

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