What have you chosen to consider today? In the end, this is a choice. We choose the thoughts that fill our minds. We choose who we will listen to, and when and where.
It is our choice. No one forces us to listen to mean gossip. We can walk away. No one forces us to listen to gloom-and-doom news. We can flip the channel.
It our choice. We choose the books we read, the movies we watch, and the talking heads that inform us.
The choices we make are the choices that shape us. So how do we decide on what will find our minds? Well, St. Paul had some good advice to use as a guide.
Writing to the Phillippians, he said, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
That really is good advice, and I think we would all be much happier if we followed it. While it is true that bad news sells, don’t you have enough bad news in your life without going out looking for more? Maybe it is time we start focussing on the good news for a change.
The next time you are out with your friends, give it a try. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, talk about these things.”
And as you do, remember the other thing Paul wrote in Philippians 4, verses 6 and 7: “The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”