Whatever is Admirable

Philippians 4:8 — Finally, brothers, 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 (NIV).

Something that is admirable is first-rate. It is top of the line. The dictionary defines the word admirable as inspiring approval, reverence, or affection. What, or who, do you consider admirable?

I used to admire a certain professional basketball player. In fact, I was pretty obsessed with him. I watched every game of his I could, and I would record the ones I missed. I bought his jerseys, collected his basketball cards, and memorized his stats. I knew where and when he was born, what schools he attended, and many other factoids. I also made it a point to tell anyone who would listen how awesome of a basketball player he was. I even pretended to be him when I played. I thought he was the greatest ever. He inspired me, and my admiration for him pushed me to be a better basketball player.

I admired this man’s basketball abilities, but his personal life did not promote godliness. I wanted to play ball like him, but I had no desire to imitate his lifestyle. You can learn valuable lessons from individuals who do not serve God, but I encourage you to admire people, things, and accomplishments that push you to become a more godly person. You should aim to be Christ-like in your thinking.

Become obsessed with knowing God. Admire Him, and fix your mind on how holy and awesome He is. Develop a fascination for His word and meditate on it. Purpose in your heart to pattern your life after Jesus Christ today. Read about Him, memorize the story of His life, and adopt His character traits. It is beneficial to admire His abilities and His lifestyle.

Hebrews 12:28 — Let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe (NASB).

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