“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.” (Philippians 4: 8, the Living Bible)
The human mind can lead us into a minefield or into a field of flowers. We each have a choice whether to recognize, claim, and agree with God’s qualities and ideas or to focus on what opposes Him—evil, unkindness, fear, hatred, lack, envy, anger.
The choice is truly between filling our thoughts with what is true or being a mental pack rat for lies. When we dwell on the good, the hopeful, the healing, we have a clear and clean consciousness. It is bright, open, ready. We are generous because we know we have an abundance of what matters and what is saving and uplifting for all.
It takes a discipline at times to replace the dark thoughts with light ones. But even a single pure and lovely thought can brighten our minds and open our hearts to more of what God would have us see and know—the promise, the renewal, the Love that is with us.
We can dwell on good things, small or great. We can choose not to magnify the flaws of others but to cherish the good in one another and also in ourselves. And we can praise God as we see the impact these sweeter thoughts can make in our experience.
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