What makes the difference between a bad day and a good day? Sure, the circumstances of the day have a pretty big bearing on how it goes, but I think much more than that, your mindset has the biggest impact.
Lately, I’ve felt like I have been in a bit of a funk. The days have been full, draining, and long. I’ve been needed from sun up until sun down (and usually once or twice between those, too). A month or two ago – after a full week and a busy weekend – my husband sent me to a coffee shop for a few minutes of quiet. I sat there drinking my coffee and read a passage from the book of Philippians. It’s a passage we hear often…
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
It’s a great “guideline”, but as I read it again and meditated I realized that there was much more to it than that. This is not just a check list for “okay” and “not okay” thoughts – this is a command to purpose to set our minds on a certain genre of thoughts. That changes the game a bit doesn’t it? It doesn’t just happen. It takes concentrated effort.
What does looking for the lovely look like practically?
- Prioritizing time with the Lord. We cannot know what is lovely unless we first look to the Lovely One.
- Make an environment conducive to finding loveliness. Keeping clutter at bay, playing peaceful and worshipful music, and avoiding being busy at all times all work to open our eyes more to the lovely, beautiful, and peaceful moments around us.
- Control your mind. This can be so difficult. Our minds race from one thought to another. We started in our back yard and ended up on Pluto. Purpose to focus your mind on the things that are “worthy of praise” and put away the thoughts that drag you down and away from what honors God.
- Pray! My desire in prayer lately has been that the Lord will aid me in seeing His greater purpose throughout my day and that I will act in grace and love as I face less than stellar moments.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
Leave a comment and tell us… In what ways do you look for the lovely?