Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

Everybody has a story running in their head. The content of that story will find its way out through our behavior. If we think others are trying to fix us or control us, we snap at them out of anger or defensiveness. If we think we are incapable of a task, we may shrink down in insecurity or power up to prove our strength or expertise. If we think we’re in danger, our hearts will start beating faster and our gut tighten up and we may run or start throwing fists.

Take some time today to reflect on your behavior from yesterday. Journal what happened during your day and identify the story that may have been running through your head.

Before moving into the rest of today, pause and think about a story that is true, honorable, right, and good. The gospel story that reminds you of God’s love for you, his love for the other people in your life, and his ability to transform you in his likeness. Use this story to fuel your behavior with yourself and others today.

By Yvonne Biel

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