Maybe it’s the pollen but when I mow, the more I mow, the madder I get. I think about people who hurt me. Maybe I should hire a lawn service.
We all have the opportunity to worry about our children, hurt from others or instability with our job. Paul gives us a list of what we should think about—things that are true, noble, pure, right, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy.
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NIV
When I’m stressed, I am not drawn to that list, but to the negative thoughts. There are all kinds of things under the sun that concern us, and when those faithless thoughts rise up, we all need to focus on what is good. Don’t get lost in the well of negativity.
Remember that little song years ago with the words: “Don’t worry… be happy!” That’s what you and I need to do. With God’s help, you can redirect your thoughts at will. You can stop that train. When you choose to control your thoughts, you can experience peace of mind—no matter what!