My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. (Ps.23 5-6)
God has given us free will, including the ability to influence the direction and the tone of our thoughts. Now here’s how God wants us to direct those thoughts: “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)
The quality of our altitude will help determine the quality of our life, so we must guard our thoughts accordingly. So the next time we find ourselves dwelling upon the negative aspects of our life, let us refocus our attention on things positive. And, the next time we’re temped to waste valuable time gossiping or complaining, resist those temptations with all our might.
Let us always pray for an attitude that is Christ like. Whatever our circumstance, whether good or bad, triumphal or tragic, let our response reflect a God honoring attitude of optimism, faith, and love for the Master.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
Because we are human and of free will, we make choices, lots of them. When we make choices that are pleasing to our heavenly father, we are blessed. When we make choices that causes us to walk in the footsteps of God’s Son, we enjoy the abundance that Christ has promised to those who follow him. But, when we makes choices that are displeasing to God, we sow seeds that have the potential to bring forth a bitter harvest.
As we encounter the challenges of everyday living, we will make hundreds of choices. Choose wisely. Let’s make our thoughts and actions pleasing to God. And remember, every choice that is displeasing to Him is the wrong choice, no exceptions.
Conclusion: Let us focus our thoughts on His will for our life and strive to make decisions that are pleasing to the father in Heaven.