Fix Your Thoughts

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

How much time is spent thinking about what is false, and disgraceful, and wrong, and distorted, and disdainful? How often do we dwell on the terrible and uninspiring? We can’t control much of what goes on around us, but we do get to choose the way we respond to and reflect upon our circumstances.

If your default position is negativity, the people around you will likely either copy you (because they’ve found a kindred spirit) or avoid you (for obvious reasons). Much of what Paul wrote was written in prison. It would have been easy for him to focus on stern warnings and a bleak outlook. Instead he took a longer view, celebrated what was praiseworthy & encouraged us to do the same.

Life and work will contain missteps and outright defeats. You can let them kill your spirit or you can embrace them & make them part of your narrative.


One thought on “Fix Your Thoughts

  1. Jae,
    This is so very true! So often we are driven by the reactive portion of our brains. We forgot the only thing/person we can change is our attitude and ourself. When we hold to God’s unconditional love for us how can we be anything but positive. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has plans for our good and not our harm. Psalm 139:14 reminds us we praise God because we are fearfully and wonderfully made and God’s works are wonderful. If we could keep these thoughts infront of us we may be able to see life through God’s eyes. In Romans 1:12 Paul expresses the need to encourage one another as even he himself needs encouragement. If we spent more time encouraging one another and less time seeing the bad, how much more positive could we all be. Thank you, Jae, for the reminder of the power and necessity of positive and right thinking!!!!

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