Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Attitude is such a key ingredient to being happy, isn’t it? The mind can put us in such a dark place if we let it. The thoughts we dwell on – fear, sadness, hurt feelings, regrets, disappointments, insecurities, jealousy, greed, pain, and anger can eat away at our contentment and keep us from experiencing true joy in life. Just waking up and feeling grateful for life’s many blessings can change the course of a day.
This verse tells us to think about what is “lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy” and how many wonderful blessings that does include! We should concentrate on God’s goodness to us, take notice of the beauty of His creation around us, and appreciate the people He has placed in our path. How much we miss out on just by being so self-absorbed and pre-occupied with things in life that really don’t matter anyway.
Today is a gift, and we know we aren’t promised tomorrow. The years go by so quickly, and those we love leave us. Let’s enjoy the gift of time and those precious moments we can’t ever get back. May we never take one day of it for granted. Let’s cherish life and give God the honor, praise, and glory He so deserves.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us keep our thoughts on things that bring joy and contentment to our lives – on the good things, on the blessings around us, and especially on you. We praise you for your goodness to us. Amen