Think of These Things

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 of such things. 

Philippians 4:8, NIV

Try this - it really works! Instead of allowing yourself to focus on the negative things that the world seems to insist that we give our undivided attention to, think of the things that God wants you to think about.

Think about the truths that you know: That God is in heaven... that He has given us unlimited blessings... that, though we have sinned, Jesus has already paid the penalty for those sins... that someday, we will be in heaven - if we will only slow down enough to do God's things in God's ways.

Saturate your day with pleasant thoughts and consider the noble things that God has provided. Think about the decent people that God has placed in your life and the privilege that is yours for knowing them. Think about what is right, for a change, instead of everything that is wrong. This type of mindset will change your outlook on everything from the job to the team to the family to the nation to the church.

Then think about the lovely. This means it's okay to deeply appreciate the beauty that God has placed right in front of you each day - you can start with the sunrise in the morning and enjoy every bit of God's beauty right up to that sunset in the evening. 

And then, God would have us think on the admirable. When was the last time that you paused to admire anything? It's out there, you know, if we will just take our eyes off of the inconsequential long enough to contemplate the big things.

When you think about it, there are things of excellence and things worthy of praise just about everywhere you turn. It's true that there are ugly and unpleasant and evil and worthless things in this world, and sometimes they really do demand our attention. The trick to life is to think just long enough about the bad things to handle them and then get on... to those things that are right and pure and lovely and true and noble and excellent and praiseworthy, for it is these things that God has put us here for. It's something to think about, isn't it?

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 

Colossians 3:2, NIV