February 26, 2010

Think on These Things

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. (Philippians 4:8)

This is one of my favorite verses. It's such a wise admonition: Think about good things, not bad things.

Do you know how many people's lives (mine included) would be more joyful and spirit-filled if they followed this one directive?

Instead of focusing your thoughts on the latest gossip or what you "really" want to say to the person who hurt you, or what could go wrong in your life, keep your mind on positive things. See, God is a fan of a positive outlook. He may not tell us to imagine whatever we want and it will come to us, but we certainly would do well to keep our thoughts on good things. Instead of thinking about how she hurt you, think about how beautifully she sings. Instead of worrying about what will happen if you aren't able to pay that bill on time, think about the plans you have to organize your money so that you will not have to worry about late bills again. Instead of thinking "If my boss does this one more time I'll quit," think about everything that you love about your job (and even your boss!)

If we keep a positive outlook by shepherding our thoughts back always to good things, we will see our lives change. For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

What kind of person do you want to be today?

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