“What is true?” “If I really believe what you’re going to say, will you let me down? Most people do.”
One of my friends told me the story yesterday of Mr. Lion and Mr. Mouse. Mr. Lion had thorns in his foot, and Mr. Mouse came walking by. Mr. Lion said, “Mr. Mouse, will you take the thorns out of my front left paw?”
“Yes,” Mr. Mouse said. “But Mr. Lion, first promise me that you won’t eat me.”
“I promised I will not eat you,” Mr. Lion said.
Mr. Mouse pulled the thorns out of Mr. Lion’s front left paw. Then Mr. Lion ate Mr. Mouse.
And my friend told me, “The moral of this story is that you can trust no one.”
Because people will hurt you. Because they’ll let you down. Because you’ll never be okay after they do to you what they will do to you.
We’re studying Philippians on Sunday morning at church. This week, I want to take a few moments to meditate on Philippians 4:8. Paul wrote to the Philippians,
“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.”
What is true? I know a lot of people who would say that what is true is that life is only full of hurt. That people will build you up, and break you down. That they will use you and abuse you. That you better just get yours, and don’t worry about anyone else.
All of this is a bleak outlook on life. Now, it may come from situations you have personally lived, but the negative result is not necessarily the ultimate outcome of every experience a person will live.However, this is true:
You will paint your existence the color you choose.
If you choose to paint the walls of your life in a dark, angry, bitter, or fearful tones, you will see the world as a dark, angry, bitter, and fear-giving place.
If you choose to paint the walls of your life in a shine with love, joy, peace, and kind tones you will see the world as a joyful, peaceful, loving, and kind place.
What is true?
What you create for yourself will be true for your life.
Most of all though, true is Jesus. And Jesus is true to you.