Today’s #BattleDrill: Read Philippians 4:2-20. What’s on your mind today? Is it good or bad? #salvationarmy #basingstoke #devotional
Many of us are prone to focus on the negative. We may have had a lovely day with family or friends, but it’s the one moment that someone snapped at us that plays on our mind. Perhaps we’ve had a good day at work, but our boss criticised (constructively, we might admit) a piece of work, and that’s all we can think about. We drove safely to the supermarket earlier today, partly due to the consideration of other drivers, but all we can think about is the “idiot” who “cut us up” on the roundabout.
Paul certainly had a lot of negatives to focus on when he wrote the Philippians. He was in prison in Rome and left with nothing, forced to rely on the churches to help him with money and supplies.
But instead, Paul urges his readers to focus on the good things in life. We can choose to be happy about what we have by fixing our minds on all the things around us that are true, honourable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. We just need to find things that are excellent and which we can praise God for.
Choose to remember the best things in your life and forget the rest. It will certainly increase your happiness!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
•Are you a glass half full person or a glass half empty one? How do you think it affects your happiness?