Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Whatever is noble...

Continuing on the Philippians 4:8 theme, here are a few definitions and synonyms for noble:
Having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals; imposing or magnificent size or appearance; of excellent or superior quality; a person of noble rank or birth.
Synonyms include aristocratic, high-born, virtuous, good, honorable, upright, decent, worthy, moral, ethical, reputable, magnanimous, unselfish, generous, magnificent, spendid, grand, stately, imposing, dignified, proud, striking, impressive, majestic, awesome, glorious, monumental, statuesque.
I thought it was interesting that a lot of these words suggest something high and lofty. Applied to our thought life, it seems to be an exhortation to take the high road; to avoid descending into negative, base and ugly thoughts. After all, by virtue of our spiritual adoption into God's family, we are of noble rank -- daughters of the King! Our minds should be dedicated to the highest principles and ideals, to all things good!
Think about such things...


Anonymous said...

Lisa Lowe

"cast your burden...."

Burden some definitions:that which is borne with difficulty, the main point, message or idea (my mind and what I dwell on), something that is emotionally difficult to bear, a source of great worry or stress, a principal or recuuring idea, a theme...an onerous or difficult concern, somthing that is a duty, obligation or responsibility.

Then this was interesting......A burden is, in the literal sense, a weight to be borne; a load is something laid upon us to be carried. Hence, when used figuratively, there is usually a difference between the two words. Our budens may be of such a nature that we feel bound to bear them cheerfully or without complaining. They may arise from the nature of our situation; they may be allotments of Providence; they may be the consequences or our errors. What is upon us, as a load, we commonly carry with greater reluctance or sense of oprression.

So I need to remember that my "burden" may be an allotment of Providence that I need to carry it with His blessing and help.

Does that make any sense at all? Just some thoughts.....

Leslie Young said...

Thought-provoking! I think it's possible that all burdens (even those we bring on ourselves) can be allotments of Providence if we carry it with His grace and learn from carrying it...good stuff Lisa! Where did you find your definitions? I've just been using regular dictionaries and thesaurus, but I'd love to find a good Blble/Greek/Hebrew resource...Love YOU!