8 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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

What a stark contrast this list is to what we see and hear in today’s media. News, movies, music, and the arts are filled with just the opposite. “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” 1 Cor 15:33. So, what are we to do?

Well, start with the Word of God. Each day we need to sit in God’s Word long enough to let it transform our thoughts and renew our mind. Next, pray. As we read yesterday in Phil 4:6-7, as we pray about all things, His peace will guard our hearts and minds. Having a platform of the Word and prayer, we can now face the world around us.

Notice that this statement by Paul is active. We are to actively think about these things. That means we have to actively avoid thinking about the filth that surrounds us. We have to look for what is good in the world around us. Once you start looking for what is good, you will notice good in more things. It compounds on itself in a good way. In a similar fashion, if you focus on the negative, pretty soon that is all you will see.

It is also important to find people that are living out their faith effectively. Hang around these people. Let their faith practices rub off on you. Do what they do. Share life with them. Let them speak into your faith walk.

It’s a fight to hold onto good thoughts and follow those that model this Christian life but we have to stay diligent in this fight. Look at the benefit that we gain by applying this. God will be with you! Now, isn’t that worth it?