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Inviting the Best Things

Inviting the Best Things

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY FREDERICK LYNCH

"Rejoice in the Lord alway : and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is
at hand. Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things
are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on these things." — Philip-
pi an s iv: 4-8.
BY FREDERICK LYNCH

"Rejoice in the Lord alway : and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is
at hand. Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things
are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on these things." — Philip-
pi an s iv: 4-8.

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INVITING THE BEST THINGS BY FREDERICK LYNCH "Rejoice in the Lord alway : and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are  just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." — Philip-pi an s iv: 4-8. OME one once wrote a great author asking what was the secret of a true life and the author answered in this striking phrase : "In-viting into it the best things." This seems also to have been a thought frequently in Paul's
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mind. Most of his letters are written to men and women beginning the Christian life. They were much on his heart and he was always thinking of things that might help them to live their new life. He knows the tendency of their minds to dwell on common and degrading things. He knows, too, the power of lofty thoughts upon the mind. So he writes and not only requests them to invite into their minds the best thoughts, but commands them to think on whatsoever things are true, honest,  just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Here we are placed in a world of infinite things. We are facing an unknown future full of many good and many evil things. A great many of these things will play upon our lives 51
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52 The Enlargement of Life to determine them in ways over which we have no control and of which we are practically un-conscious at the time. On the other hand, by far the larger part of our character will be de-termined by the things we consciously invite into it to be its guests. Our life is in our own hands more than it is either in nature's or environments'. The elusive influences that beat against us from the world, strong as they are, are not so potent as the positive influ-ences we can invite into ourselves, from earth and heaven. This being true, it is a good thing now and then to stop and ask ourselves the question: "What shall we invite into our lives in these coming days? " Of course the first answer is directly sug-gested by our text. "We will invite the best thoughts." There are thoughts that ennoble and thoughts that debase. There are thoughts that inspire to lofty action and thoughts that
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