Focus on the Good
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things.
Paul teaches us in this verse to always expect the best. Our natural tendency may be to expect the worst of things, but God always gives us His best. He proved this when He sent His only begotten Son to die for us on the cross. While others may very well let us down at times, we should concentrate on the good and believe God to act on our behalf.
I must admit that I’m guilty of looking at the worst possible scenario at times and planning how to handle the disappointment. This is not how God wants us to walk through life. He wants us to look at every situation with the eyes of faith that nothing is impossible with Him and trust Him with the result. I’m also guilty of expecting the worst in my own child, and I should not be surprised if that is what I get. God, however, always expects the best from us, and I’m learning to expect the best from my child. God is with me in my parenting, and He has a plan for us. I must trust Him with that plan. Where I am weak, He is strong. My son needs someone to believe in him and to encourage him to trust God. I can’t do that for him if I’m always expecting the worst.
If you are guilty of looking for the worst to happen, stop and repent today. Concentrate on the good in every situation, and expect God for the best. Whether our glass is half full or half empty depends upon our own perspective of things. Even if we do see our glass as half empty, God only fills empty places. Expect the best from Him. Life is too short to focus on what might go wrong when we serve a God who can make everything right.
Anxiety occurs when we try to figure out the future. God has a plan, and we should trust Him to do above and beyond all we could ask, hope, or imagine in our lives. If we focus on the good things He has already done, we can have faith that we will see good things in the days to come.
Have a blessed day!