“They don’t study the counterfeit–they study the genuine.”
I’m told that in banks and other places where they deal with significant amounts of money, and where they must be able to discern legal from counterfeit bills, they make little study–if any–of counterfeit money. Instead they scrutinize the genuine, and from such acute attention and analysis of the bank notes, the dinero, or the shekel, become expert in detecting that which is false–the counterfeit.
Such is true in our Christian lives as we persue Godliness. We must gaze at that which is holy, righteous, and beautiful. We refuse to camp on the ugly in ourselves, the imperfect part, the limp, the scar, the tattered, the torn, the weak, the disappointing. Never will we fix our gaze there. Instead, we latch onto the instructions of Paul as he addressed the church at Philippi, including its bishops and deacons.
“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.” 4:8
Happy and profitable scrutinizing, my friend.