Whatever! - The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo

Whatever!

Bible Blast: Read Psalm 26:2-3

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.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

It seems like every time I turn around, someone is saying, “Whatever!” In our culture, it is another way of saying, “I don’t really care. It doesn’t matter.” I would say most of the time it’s not a very appropriate or respectful response. Wouldn’t you agree? I usually think of that word as a sign of major attitude. But when God’s Word uses whatever to point out what your mind should dwell on, God’s definition of whatever actually means, “I really, really care, and it definitely matters!”

A couple of years ago my pastor preached a whole series of messages on Philippians 4:8. Every week we would go to church and study what each of these words mean: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. If God wants us to think about these things, we should know what they mean. At the end of the sermon series, he gave everyone in the congregation a black bumper sticker with white letters that simply said, “Whatever.” A bunch of us put them on our vehicles so that when we would see that word on someone else’s car as we drove around town, we would be challenged and reminded to fix our thoughts on things that honor God.

When I see one of those stickers now, I try to investigate my thoughts and make sure they’re in order with Philippians 4:8. One thing that’s really helpful in keeping my mind fixed on good things is having my girlfriends ask me questions like, “How has your thought life been lately? Are you focused on God things or Dannah things?” It’s hard when I have to fess up and tell someone sinful thoughts I might have, but I feel so clean afterward. It’s so great to hear someone say, “I’m going to pray that God helps you turn your thoughts to whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.”

Girl Gab: One good way to really understand what a word means is to figure out what the antonym, or opposite, of that word is. Pick one word—true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy—and talk about its opposite. Then pray together asking God to help you be “whatever” he wants.

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