“Take a close look at everything, test it, then cling to what is good.” (I Thessalonians 5: 21, The Voice Translation)
We have the natural ability to observe and discover. We can be awake to what is going on around us. We can recognize what is important for us to understand in order to enrich our lives and more actively serve our purpose.
When we avoid a deeper exploration of ideas, whether new to us or more familiar, we hinder our ability to grow and to thrive. Instead, we can choose to take a close look at everything, with our spiritual eyes wide open. We can think and reason about things, about the world and ourselves, with a sense of curiosity and discernment.
This doesn’t require intellectualism, and it doesn’t mean we are overthinking everything. What this verse recommends is that we be alert to what we are believing in and investing with power. We can “test” our beliefs by how they operate in the world. Are we seeing proof in our lives and those around us by following certain practices? Do we feel peace in what we are doing or spending time thinking about?
Those ideas that feel constructive, that make us feel alive and in harmony with others and with life, are the ones to cling to. This focus on good causes us to flourish. Letting go of what isn’t working for us makes abundant room for even more goodness to flow in and to multiply!
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