Philippians 4:8, do you know it?

Eh, whatever. I’ll just let you know what it says:

Philippians 4:Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [a]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [b]dwell on these things.

  1. Philippians 4:8 Or lovable and gracious
  2. Philippians 4:8 Lit ponder these things
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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On one Saturday morning while at the farmer’s market it drew me in, I saw the t-shirt. Yep, I bought the t-shirt. I had kids hanging off of my legs, was tired, frazzled, and hungry, and the sentiment “Whatever” really, really spoke to me. Whatever was all I had in me. So, I went to inspect the shirt with food money in hand. This was good, snarky even, and I wasn’t letting it go. It was dark grey and I didn’t even care. (I normally go for browns, not grey or black.) Whatever. I wanted it.

After I forked over the money and only then did I look closer at it. Right under the larger “Whatever” on the front it read “Philippians 4:8” in small print. Whoa. I totally didn’t see that one coming. Flipping the shirt over continued the passage with “…is true, is noble, is right, is lovely, is admirable, is excellent or praiseworthy, dwell on these things.”

I. Needed. That. Right then. In that moment. “Whatever” only gets you so far. It isn’t full of hope and passion. It’s depressed. It’s frazzled. It’s giving up. It’s a dead end. It’s resignation.

Rather or not you would read passages like this normally, or even steer clear of such things altogether, I believe that it is one what can lift up a person.

So, in this vein I’ll share what I have been working on recently: “Whatever”. It isn’t a t-shirt, but it is something unexpected. I purchased a grey linen and yellow floss on Wednesday and hope that I can get a few knitting projects completed so I can start stitching it myself.


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