The Bible says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” ( Philippians 4.8)
Yes, think about such things…
It’s so easy to be influenced, sucked into and shaped by the energy of the toxicity that surrounds us. The fear-based energy of criticism, cynicism, judgment and blaming saturates the air. Before we know it we can find ourselves reflecting the ugliness we resist.
Thoughts are energy. You are the curator of your thoughts What if you chose your thoughts as carefully as you chose the clothes you wear. Your thoughts influence the energy you will bring to the day.
You can choose thoughts that inspire and uplift. You can choose thoughts that leave you feeling defeated and discouraged.
You can choose thoughts that lead you to pitch a tent in the landscape of fear. You can choose thoughts that find a way through the dense thicket of fear to the spacious field of hope.
You can choose thoughts demean and dehumanize another. You can choose thoughts that help you see the image of the Divine in another.
You can choose thoughts that build walls and further division and distrust. You can choose thoughts that build bridges and lead to forgiveness and reconciliation.
You can choose thoughts that reinforce the lie that you are not enough. You can choose thoughts that reflect the truth that you are created in the image of God’s own goodness and you are more than enough, just as you are.
Yes, in the words of Dr. Seuss, whatever reminds you that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you feel, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know…think about such things.