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.Philippians 4:8
Do you think about lovely things? Do you look for beauty each day, or do you only see the broken things in your life? Do you rejoice always, and does my joy fill your hearts?
Paul writes not to be anxious but to pray about all things. He says that God’s peace, which surpasses understanding, will guard your heart and mind. It is God who supplies all your needs.
It’s easy to spend so much time trying to figure out everything. But if God has plans for you that surpass your understanding, wouldn’t it seem trying to figure out your life is an exercise that is lacking?
Sure it’s ok to plan and dream but fill your mind with the good things that God supplies. Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of heaven, and when you do that, and God will add everything else.
Pray the Lord will help you dwell on that which is true, lovely, pure and good. Dwelling on the cares of life never has and will never bring peace. But God has a peace that goes beyond your understanding if only you will take those cares to him.
I desire my days to be full, as I’m sure you do as well. Trusting God and His provision will bring about full days. For it’s in God we live, move and have our being.
Another thing that brings unrest in life is dwelling on mistakes, disappointments, or even unforgiveness towards someone else. Dwelling on these things only brings discouragement and depression. Our regrets will do nothing for us but keep us down if we continue to embrace them. God will help you see the beautiful things He’s put into your life today.
God gives good gifts. Be thankful for what you have today. I think life is more about receiving our daily bread each day than it is about trying to figure everything out.
Life is like the work of an artist. Each stroke of the brush gives meaning and depth to the artwork. One brushstroke by itself isn’t very meaningful, but it will turn into something beautiful when combined with other strokes. Each day and everything God gives today is forming the more excellent work He’s doing in you.
Stop trying to make it happen and start receiving what God has given. Put those gifts to work, and in time you will see God’s plan unfold for your life.
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