Today’s Scripture: 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. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. PhilippiansĀ 4:8-9

Did you ever watch Winnie the Pooh with your kids or grandkids and wonder why that crazy bear was always bump, bump, bumping down the stairs and saying “think, think, think”?

One quote from the writer, A.A. Milne, referred to Winnie the Pooh’s entrance this way, “Here is the bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head…It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down the stairs. But sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.”

Honestly, I have never been a fan of that cartoon, but he does offer a surprisingly good life illustration. Truthfully, some of us are just as bad at the steps we need to take in life as that bear is at trying to come down the stairs. When it comes to making wise, Godly decisions, many people never get it right because they just keep “bumping” their head. Falling to the same sins over and over again, neglecting to seek counsel for big decisions, and ignoring God’s instruction can all leave us bouncing down life’s stairs in a whirl of confusion.

Sometimes, we don’t let the truth we hear sink in, and we don’t take the time to consider how to “come down the stairs” a better way. Rather, our focus is so centered on family, friends, jobs, and bills that we forget about the well-being of our own spirit. We don’t have time to think because we can’t get out of the rut of bumping our heads on those circumstances and sins that beset us. Without meditating on the Word, our minds will not be prepared for the decisions we must make each day.

What about you? Are you ready to stop bumping your head? Always keep in mind that anything that feeds your flesh is going to trip you up. Fill yourself with the things of God-things that are true, just, pure and of good report. Think, think, think on these things, and then do them. Write out Philippians 4:8-9 today, and post it somewhere you will see it. If these verses are at the forefront of your mind, the next step in life will not end with you bumping down the stairs.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder