If ever there were a picture of something excellent and praiseworthy, it is majestic mountains. There is nothing much more beautiful than snow-covered hills against a brilliant blue sky. In Colorado, where I lived for several years, scenes like the one above were commonplace. God’s glory was daily on display. It wasn’t hard to find excellence.
Although I understand the principle of keeping my mind fixed on things praiseworthy and excellent, I struggle by straying into:
and the list goes on.
Do any of you struggle, too?
God offers a better way, though. What He proposes is not positive thinking, but instead excellent thinking. When we focus on the glorious aspects about God and His creation, then add to that all the many blessings and promises He bestows, our minds need not fixate earthbound. As the mountains tower above the valleys below, we can choose to place our thoughts on things heavenward. We don’t have to get stuck in the boggy mire of problems and distractions below; we can look to the One who made heaven and earth. We can think on things excellent and worthy of praise.
Instead of letting my imagination get away with me
I will think on ~
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
Now, that is something to think about!
Sue Nash/ 2013