As I was sitting on my porch contemplating what to write about this morning, I took a look around, and realized that I have surrounded myself with things that bring me joy, like the smell of coffee, the birds chirping, flowers in bloom, and my blanket that’s keeping the chill off, just to name a few. There are things I would like to eliminate, like the sound of vehicles, and the dogs barking in the next neighborhood over, but if I concentrate on those noises instead of the sound of birds, then some of my joy has been snatched away. Sometimes we get so caught up in the negative things going on around us, that we forget to enjoy the good. We’ve all met people who are negative, you might be one, their minds are set on what is wrong, and their brain goes down that path with everything. If this is you, make it a point to begin to concentrate on the good in every situation, and you will slowly begin to renew your mind and see your life from a different perspective. You’ll be a lot happier, I guarantee it!
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. Philippians 4:8