Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.  Phil.4:8

God’s word is filled with encouragement, and this is one of my very favorites. This verse encourages us to “get out of a funk,” or our negative thinking, by plugging into thoughts that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Not too long ago, our pastor explained the acronym: THINK

T          Is it THOUGHTFUL
H         Is it HELPFUL or HONEST
N         Is it NECESSARY or NICE
K         Is it KIND

In an article I wrote for 1ChristianVoice (February 16, 2019), I added an S to THINK

S          SALT

In Colossians 4:6, Paul exhorts us to do this so that our conversations will always be full of grace and seasoned with salt.

When someone says something nice to you, doesn’t it put a spring in your step and lighten your heart? That’s the message behind THINKS! We can change our direction, the course of our day, or our mindset, and someone else’s, if we use the THINKS method. Imagine the impact we can have in our family, our friends, our community, our church, infinity!  🙂

In the above-mentioned article I adapted the old carpentry adage that says measure twice, cut once to: think twice, speak nice.

Today would be a good day to examine our words, the way we THINKS, and change our world – one encouraging word at a time.


By Amre Cortadino

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13 Replies to “THINKS”

  1. Love this, Erma! We also presented this acronym at our church some months ago and it is definitely a good rule to keep in mind when interacting with others. The addition of the S – (salt and sugar!) makes it even richer advice. You are doing a great job with the blog!

  2. Yes, I do need an encouraging word now and then.

    Someone who critiqued Elijah once, never to return again, said in parting, “Most of your comments seem to come from those interested in complimenting you than correcting your problems.” I let her go without offering to explain why a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

    1. Maybe I need to add another S onto THINKS. Even though we physically don’t need sugar, it’s an important mental and emotional ingredient! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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