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During much of my life, the environment has become increasingly important to people. We’ve learned about the dangers of industrial pollution to our air and water. Our government has invested millions, probably billions, into cleaning up toxic waste dumps. Regulations have been passed to protect the environment. People have also organized into clubs to protect and enjoy nature. Volunteers will pick up trash on the highway or along streams. We have learned the value of purifying the environment.
Years ago, I lived in Homer, Alaska. A friend of mine who lived there loved to stop at the scenic overlook on the highway west of Homer. Perched in his car high above Kachemak Bay, he could sit and soak in the beauty of creation. On a clear day, you could see the mountains across the bay, the waters of Cook Inlet, and the mountains on the Alaska Peninsula to the west. It was an absolutely beautiful scene. The view was so inspiring because it was largely unblemished. Most of what you saw was wilderness or the sea. My friend could relax in a way that helped restore his soul.
Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think about things that are pure. This is much like my friend in Alaska. When we find things that are innocent and unblemished, it allows us to sit and soak in good things. I hope you find the time today to enjoy something pure.
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