This Thought for the Day is from Mary Bell.
Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. (Philippians 4:8)
We have a lot of time to think in lockdown!
I was out walking on my own and was thinking of a past circumstance and it was the unhappy and wrong things in that situation that filled my mind, so it made me feel really sad. Then it occurred to me that good things had also come out of that same situation and I began to feel happier. Our world is made up of our thoughts.
Choose to dwell on the lovely thoughts, the good thoughts - not the negative ones. Sometimes our spirits don’t immediately rise as we turn from sad thoughts to happy ones, but they can rise as we continually turn away from negative thoughts.
Joseph had a lot of cruel things that happened to him but he could say:
God turned into good what you meant for evil. (Genesis 50:20)
He was able to dwell not on the wrong things done to him but on the good things God was able to bring out of them.
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