There is so much in the news right now, between natural disasters, interpersonal violence, and ugly politics that if I dwell too much on those situations and issues I can easily feel overwhelmed and discouraged. I need to remind myself to focus on what is good and right and beautiful, in order to keep a positive perspective, even while considering how to respond to the various situations that present themselves. In fact, I find that, rather than being an escape, focusing on that which is good helps me then have a better idea of how to respond appropriately and constructively to situations that need my attention.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
We can choose what we allow our minds to dwell on. In this passage Paul points us in the direction of uplifting meditation.
Monday: Let’s discipline our minds today to focus on things that are just and honorable. Pray for a growing ability to recognize truth.
Tuesday: Let’s ask God to give us an appreciation for purity and true beauty, then look for such things today.
Wednesday: Do you tend to dwell on that which is commendable or that which is unattractive in others? Choose to focus on others’ strengths and see how that affects your attitude and speech.
Thursday: Throughout today let’s be alert for excellence, whether man-made or in creation, and stop to think about what makes it excellent.
Friday: Let’s look for reasons to praise God and people today. Be sure to give sincere praise wherever praise is due.
Saturday: Think about these things… Make the choice to dwell on that which is good and uplifting and encouraging.