Thursday, October 2, 2014

Philippians 4:7-8 -- On Thinking Positively

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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."
Philippians 4:7-8

I think that this is God reminding us to stay positive. :)  He is granting us his peace, and in order to keep it, he reminds us to focus on the good things.  Not the false or dishonest things, but the true and the honest things. :)  He wants us to think about all the good in the world, and our blessings, not dwell on our current troubles. 
Now, don't get me wrong, I am not a sunshine-for-breakfast sort of a girl.  I'm not advocating blissful ignorance.  But I do think that Paul and God make a good point here.  Bad things do happen, and we do have to deal with those things in our lives... but we get enough of that just living.  Why choose it when we don't have to?  Instead, let's take off our negative blinders that only allow us to see the problem directly in front of us.  Let's remember that there is so much more to the world.  So much purity and beauty.  So much good.  Today, let's remember our blessings and all the good in the world, and see that the bad doesn't outweigh the good.  God is here, balancing things and asking us to think about and seek the virtuous and praiseworthy things.  Let's deal with the problems and move on to better mental pastures. :)

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