How You Think Determines Your Outlook

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

what are you thinking Einstein?
Finally, brothers, 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. Whatever 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 4:8-9

Is it just me, or does it seem to you that Americans in general are in a bad mood these days? Whether you listen to talk radio, watch the evening news, or read the newspaper, all you will find is a litany of complaints about the political left and right, the shutdown of the government, and lately, Obamacare--the list goes on. I can’t remember the last time I heard anything positive on the airwaves or read anything uplifting in the paper. Even many of the pulpits in our churches have become soapboxes to declare what is wrong with the world. Those outside the Church are getting the impression that God doesn't see anything positive about our world. 

How can we as Christians live in peace in a world filled with anger? According to the scripture above, it starts with our minds. The world only thinks about what is wrong, but Paul admonishes us to think about what is right. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to complain about in today’s world, but we can’t let our minds focus on those things. If I can discipline my mind to think on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, then I will have peace. Yes, there is much that is wrong with this world, but there is something that is right about it that overshadows all that is wrong, and that is the fact that God loves this world that he created and he has redeemed by the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus.

I think Paul is telling us to look at the world through the lens that God views it. It doesn't mean that we ignore what is wrong, but it doesn't mean that we should ignore what is right either. It takes practice to look at life this way, but once you start, it gets addicting. Let’s be different than the world. Instead of spreading bad news, let’s spread the good news! Isn't that what we are commanded to do?

May the God of Peace be with you today.

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