"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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
Paul had a lot of bad days. Paul could have easily focused on the bad days and the bad circumstances that he faced time and time again. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:24-29 that he was beaten five different times by the Jews. He was "pelted with stones." He was shipwrecked three different times. He was constantly in danger…in the city and in the country. He went without sleep and without food or drink. He had been left cold and alone and naked. He was greatly concerned for the churches. Paul could have easily focused on the negative in his life. But instead, Paul focused on the positive in his life. He told the Philippians to focus on the good things…things that were excellent and praiseworthy. Paul told them to "think about such things." But he goes a step further and a step deeper than just thought. He tells them to "put it into practice." Paul was a positive man in a negative world, surrounded by negative circumstances. And Paul learned something about being positive in a negative world. He learned something about counting his blessing in life and serving God faithfully: "the God of peace will be with you."
I don't know what kind of negative circumstances surround you at this moment. I don't know how many negative people are bombarding you at this moment. But I do know this: you have a choice to make. You can think negatively and put into practice a negative lifestyle. Or you can think positively and put into practice a positive lifestyle. But only one of those options will bring God's peace into your life, regardless of the circumstances. Think and act positively:)