"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Philippians 4:8
I was looking through an old journal the other day. I had written verse upon verse of Scripture, prayers over my family and my husband, testimonies of God working through my marriage as it was being sifted like wheat.
And then, I flipped through some more pages, and found my desperate handwriting overtaken by sweet little scribbles from my then-three year old daughter.
I can look back and see the defilement of faith in my sifting marriage, and learn from all the knowing and uncovering and loss of purity. But, I can also look back and see the innocence of a child thriving and growing toward God regardless of the latter.
There is always something Pure and undefiled in our broken world. There is a stark difference between what is Pure and what is not. One might be set in dark ink and drawn from tears, while the other sprouts in delight, abounding without stain. In the Pure, God writes in hope for renewal of those of us who might feel contaminated inside and out.
Today, I can look at all the devastation around me, in my history or my present, and see the hard lines of brokenness. No matter the condition though, and no matter my innocent daughter becoming more aware of the world around her, there is one place I can go to think on what is Pure--uncontaminated; inside and out:
"For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens." Hebrews 7:26
And in Christ's very example, I know my own contamination is not permanent. That, whatever is Pure is always available to me:
"To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24
My Savior offers Himself to fill me up. And when there is Christ, there is Purity even in the midst of unveiled knowing. Thinking on whatever is Pure is abundant when I think on a renewed faith, a new tomorrow, a new page for scribbles and delight. And, I crave the Pure offered up by a Savior, gathering and making use of whatever is left from a sifting of impure things.
Do you have an example of uncontaminated things in your life? Do you truly believe that in Christ, you are an example of whatever is Pure?