Our minds can easily become inundated with the things going on in the world so much so that we often need to make time to “think on these things”. Those things are listed in Philippians 4:8 (ESV): “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Our minds become consumed with whatever we feed them. Junk in, junk out. Negativity in, negativity out. Drama in, drama out. Encouragement in, encouragement out. Goodness in, goodness out.
So when we become tempted to focus on the negative– the unholiness, evil and unrighteousness– that is what we will see. When we meditate on what can be, on the possibilities, and the good within us, we have a different perspective. Of course, it goes without saying that we live in an evil world and everyone is not a follower of Christ. So we understand, life will not be perfect but we have a God who is in control and leads us through every situation. Sometimes it takes clearing our heads from the negativity and unplugging for a minute to get refreshed and remember to “think on these things”.
We can change the world through our actions. Our actions change once we make a deliberate decision to meditate on positive things. Resist the temptation to get caught up in the whirling emotions of life and focus on the good. Then, you are better equipped to be a change maker.
~Coletta Jones Patterson