We are a couple of weeks into November, the month of being Thankful. Are you being thankful, or are you worried about how many you need to feed, or what you’re going to be doing this holiday?
I hope you are being thankful, but you know sometimes it is hard to be thankful. If you subscribe to my blog newsletter, then you know that I had a good friend who passed away in the middle of the year. He had a very short battle with cancer, and he is currently celebrating life in heaven.
As things were getting worse for him, God led me to a specific scripture.
Finally, 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. – Philippians 4:8 NIV
It reminded me of my strategies for success class. If you focus on the rock in the middle of the road, you are going to hit that rock. But if you focus on the road around the rock, then you will miss the rock. The same is true in our everyday life.
What do I mean? If we focus on the bad, like the person we didn’t want to be elected was. Or the cancer diagnosis isn’t good, maybe you lost your job. Then it will bring you down, but, yes but, if you focus on the good. You will get to see your family for the holidays, or maybe you have an opportunity to finally spend more time with your children. Then you can make the most of the situation. Yes, you will make so much more of the situation if you focus your mind on the good. Trusting that God has this.
In fact, if you read the verses before Philippians 4:8 it gives you the why.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
Yes, if you see yourself focusing on the bad you will be anxious. If you are thankful and see the good, giving thanks to God and asking him to intervene then the peace that just doesn’t make sense will be yours.
So, are you staring at the rock or the road around the rock? Join me next week for tips on how to focus on the good when bad is all around you.
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