Oh, why is it that we tend to focus on the 1% negative instead of the 99% positive?

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers [and sisters!], 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. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:6-9

When we read the above verses, we usually note that verse 8 tells us what we ought to think about. But if we look at verses 7 and 9, we see that the peace of God (v.7) and the God of peace (v.9) are like bookends surrounding our thought life. If we can but focus on what is true, right, pure... anything that is excellent... something that is worthy of praise, we will discover the peace of God bathing our minds and the presence of the God of peace directing our thoughts.

Can you find something true and let your thoughts meditate on that today?

Would you leave a comment or send me an email on something you found true or worthy of praise? I'll post them later this week for all of us to share!



Diane said...

I’ve been feeling a great deal of anxiety lately so your blog was timely (as usual). So, here’s my comment…. I was driving to work this morning and admiring the beautiful sunrise; praise God for showing his glory through the creation of this unimaginable world he created.


Jill said...


I can't help thinking how gloriously wonderful the body of Christ is. I give praise and thanks to my church family- who loves me, feels the anguish with me, and rejoices with my victories. I am so thankful that the definition of God's vision is so apparent in my Christian family.


Lauren said...

true and worthy of praise: the best family in the world