Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 CEV
Do you see the glass half full or half empty?
How we think about things really does determine how we react. If we see the negative in situations or circumstances we will react with worry, fear, disgust,anger, bitterness or despair. How we look at the people around us will ultimately determine how we treat them.
Sure, we can work at developing positive thinking, but that really isn’t enough – especially if we are only putting a Band-aid® on our true feelings about the circumstances and people around us. Eventually the negative thoughts will spill out or we will become exhausted and ill from covering them up with positive thoughts.
We really need to develop “praiseful thinking.” God is the only constant in our lives who is true, pure, right, holy, friendly and proper; the only one who is truly worthy of praise. When we focus our thoughts on Him and on our relationship with Him, the negative people, situations and circumstances become opportunities for God to do amazing things. We live with hope and anticipation rather than worry or fear. We can love others because He loves us.
Lord, help me to focus my heart and mind on You and to develop “praiseful thinking!” Amen.