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 (Philippians 4:8 NIV).
The Amplified adds: Think and weigh and take account or fix your minds on them
How are we supposed to stay positive when our month has more than our money or when our to-do list runs the length of our living room floor and that’s just day one? We can be sure life will crowd us, putting us into a vise, and will squeeze every last positive thought from our psyche.
But God’s has given us the formula to turn our negativity into positive triumph. We can’t control that which happens around us, but we can control the energy upon what we feed. When we fill our lives with positive food, positive actions will emerge during times of stress.
Conviction vs. Guilt\
The Devil is a liar and the father of lies. Satan will spew guilt. God dispenses conviction. If a thought or concept we hear, see or read makes us feel guilty, we need to examine its source. It may have an element of truth and that truth we can surrender to God, asking him to give us the proper perspective. If indeed we need to make a change, God will convict us. Conviction leads to positive change. Languishing in guilt that sticks to the heart and weighs it down, will not cause change.
Revenge vs Justice
Entertainment vs Enlightenment
Did you ever think what you do for entertainment would spill out into your everyday life? If you are consumed with bad language, it will seep into your subconscious and vomit when you least expect it. There is nothing wrong with pure entertainment. But it does us well to remember what goes in will come out.
Let us then be mindful. By purposefully considering all that goes into our thought life by choosing those things that edify, purify, and gratify the soul, when stress comes, our thoughts will rise upward!