Sunday, August 8, 2021

We Must Stay Positive

“We Must Stay Positive”

Philippians 4:8 NLT

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

I’m finding myself lately becoming more and more challenged to focus on things that keep me positive about life.  Some days, things are going okay.  But then other days, it seems like every time I turn around there’s a challenge and some of those challenges are very difficult to deal with.  When life gets frustrating, it’s so very easy to let myself focus on everything that isn’t going well.  When I do this, it then becomes very easy to not focus on all that God has given to me through various blessings.  

The challenges in life will never stop.  We will always face things that tempt us to only focus on the negative.  I have been thinking about this passage a lot lately.  The Apostle Paul knew what he was talking about when giving this encouragement to fix our thoughts always on things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  The enemy prowls around waiting to pull us down and turn our thoughts toward negative things.

So many of us have dealt with and continue to deal with so many challenges that come our way.  Some of these challenges continue to really test our faith and allegiance to God as we decide to trust in Him or go our own way. 

I was just talking to my oldest daughter earlier today about how we are all dealing with various challenges and discouragement.  It’s so easy for us to focus on all the negative things happening.  But then I encouraged her and shared how I was trying so hard every day to focus on all the things that are positive and are going well.  I’m trying to focus on the blessings God is giving and trying so hard not to think about the challenges and frustrations that are present. 

We must all do our best to make the best out of everything we deal with in life.  It is not easy sometimes and requires a change of attitude often.  So much can pull us down, but we must remain strong and fixed on Christ.  We have to be intentional about fixing our thoughts on positive things.  We must always strive to keep our attitude on praising God, no matter what we are dealing with. 

I want to encourage all of us to stay positive and strive every day to keep our attitude in check and to remember God is with us no matter what we experience.  His blessings are always present and He continues to take care of us and lead us.  We must stay positive and trust. 

Blessings to you all as you strive to fix your thoughts on all that is excellent and worthy of praise!

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