Tuesday, April 19, 2016

choose to be glad


Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. 5Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. 6Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 7Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. 8Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. 9You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you.

Those are familiar verses, but maybe they are not so familiar from the Contemporary English Version of the Bible.  There are times when getting a different view, a fresh perspective or another opinion may very well help us see God or see where we are missing things.

Several parts of these verses float to the top as I read and re-read them.  As I shared with our church family on Sunday it is much easier to be negative than positive.  In fact the easiest thing to do is to not recognize our blessings and to complain about what we do have.

By allowing the situations of life to overshadow us we will not be positive or even praise God.  By seeing the worst in people or worrying about what is next will keep us from taking risks and even from courageously following God with our words and actions.

Gladness is attached to good thinking.  Peace is an outcome of prayer.  On the other hand wrong thinking robs us of joy and puts up barriers to having any real peace.

Maybe you see where I am going with this.  The mind is a tough place.

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Let the goodness of God consume your thinking.  Make a choice to be glad and to do it often.  The outcome will be more praise for our God and more peace in your life and for those around you!

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