Take Stock

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8, NKJV

The word translated “meditate” in this verse is “logizomai” in the original language, and was used to describe mathematical calculations in the marketplace. The same term can be translated “reckon” or “estimate” or “calculate” or “compute” or “take into account.”

In the same way a businessman might take an inventory of his merchandise, Christians are to take stock of every blessing and virtue in life. Can you think of a meaningful truth, noble deed, or equitable judgment? Can you think of a wholesome story, beautiful sentiment, or positive development? Can you think of something God has done for you or those you love? When we take stock of the good stuff, it puts the bad stuff in its place.