Think of the Good

Let's just think of the good.   Mama King

My wife's great-grandmother used this saying whenever the people close to her got too negative. It was not that she was unrealistic when it came to the downside of life, it was just that she had lived long enough to appreciate the good things and to dwell on what was right with the world, rather than what was wrong.

While this bit of advice was given by a woman born in the 1800's, it is every bit as pertinent for those of us living in the 21st century. It's true that times are bad now, but it is equally true that times are good. We do have our share of evil people doing evil deeds, but we also have plenty of good people doing good things. Think about the people that you are around the most: Isn't it true that the vast majority of these folks are good, not evil, and a blessing to be around, rather than a curse? So, why do we dwell so much on the bad?

It could be it's because we live in a world that is mostly negative, but I'm not so sure that explanation is sufficient. In fact, the older I become the more I realize that most people live in a world of their own choosing. We really can focus on the good instead of the bad, if we choose to do so. While it's true that bad things happen every day, it is also true that God has blessed us with many, many good things.

So, the next time you feel like complaining about the high cost of food, or housing, or medicine, why not instead take a moment in prayer to thank our Father for our good food, our warm houses and our good health? Instead of allowing yourself to become frustrated with the bad people you hear about on T.V., why not rather be thankful for the good family and friends that God has surrounded you with? Why not take a moment to be grateful for what you have, rather than be ungrateful for what you lack?

Why not take your focus off of the things that you think are making your life a hell on earth, and fix your eyes on the Heaven that awaits those who will serve God? Why don't we all, with humble gratitude, take a few quiet moments each day and... just think of the good? It will change your life!

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.   Philippians 4:8, NIV