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.
I love this verse.
It's such a good reminder and guide on what to let my mind dwell on.
However, there's something I can do with this verse
and it's kinda cheating.
I can read, "whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,"
and stop there.
I let my mind focus on situations, circumstances etc.
that have honestly, truly happened, but,
they are not just, pure, and lovely.
I MUST finish the verse.
Simply because it really did happen (it is true)
or, I honestly feel a certain way,
doesn't mean I should allow my mind to dwell on it.
I MUST give those concerns to the Lord
and think on what is
and of good report.
Negativity can become a habit.
Negativity breeds discontentment.
May I focus today (one day at a time)
on all the good God has given me.
And may this start a new habit,
a positive one, a life-giving, joy-flowing heart.
For those who may ask,
"How do I start? What just, pure, lovely, and good report can I think on?"
First of all, don't be ashamed that you ask,
life can be overwhelming at times.
But perhaps you can start here:
Thank God for all He is and has done for you.
Make a list and be amazed from what seems small to the big things.
Lord, forgive me for the times I focus on the negative.
Please help me to become aware of all the good and to dwell
Because of Jesus,