Don't you find that the more you watch the news, the easier it is easy to get anxious about the future? I find it creates a breeding ground of negative thoughts. “Life was better when we were younger.” “The U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket!” “This new generation doesn’t have a chance!” It’s easy to look at the world as a “glass half empty”. Life these days ca be so negative that we just want to throw up our hands in defeat and say, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
However, I love what Paul says in 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”
We are called on by Paul to be a “glass half full” type people! How can we not look at life that way? “We are more than conquerors through him who loves us.” (Rom. 3:37)
It’s hard to keep that in mind when the never ending negative news comes pouring into the house via TV or internet. So, because what the news does to my mental state, I have cut back dramatically on my viewing! I don’t need the gory details of the sin in the world. Now, I just read the headlines on my home page when I log into the computer to stay in touch with the going on’s of the world but then, I move on.
For me, this has been a good start to “put it into practice” (4:9) the recommendations that Paul gives.
To put things into practice we need to ask ourselves questions. “What is praiseworthy that I can think about today?”
As you may know, I am taking a geology class. I have enjoyed it so much because I find the subject causes me to praise God for his marvelous creation! Give me a half hour of studying geology over a half hour of network news any day!!
What is pure in your life?
What is noble?
Think about examples. Think on those things! The natural result will lead to, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (4:7)