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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.-Philippians 4:8-9

If you can fixate on one thought, what would it be?
If your life is a movie and you have to keep playing one clip from it over and over, which would you choose?

I bet you'll pick something nice, happy, wonderful.

  • When you finally graduated or passed an exam that will change your career.
  • When you finally got over a heartbreak
  • When you found your true love.
  • When you climbed that summit you've always wanted to conquer.
  • When your baby was born.
  • When you got your first puppy.
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We are automatically drawn to what makes us feel good.

Nobody wakes up every morning wanting to sabotage their day.

"How do I ruin my life today?"

That's a disturbing thought, isn't it?

"Every day may not be good but there's always something good in every day."

I know, sometimes it's hard to find the good especially when you feel like your life is going down the drain. I've had those days. I frequently get those since this crisis started.

We all have our own way to cope with our own issues. We all have our own demons to wrestle with.

When bad memories resurface, when the devil whispers lies in my ears, when I feel lost and hopeless, I go back to that verse from Philippians.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.

What is true is that this too shall pass. God is still in control and He's the same God yesterday, today and forever.

What is honorable is not using this p andemic as an opportunity to take advantage of people who are desperate. It's thinking about ways to help.

What is right is giving yourself a break. Letting yourself rest if you have to. Distant yourself from toxic people and news. Keep your mind and body healthy.

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What is pure are dogs and babies. Watching dog and baby videos reminds me how beautiful innocence is. It reminds what genuine love looks like.

What is lovely is the planet we live in. Nature that's not abused and defiled is incomparable in its beauty.

I look at the places I visited before and those I would love to go to someday. 

Lovely thoughts are those with my wonderful husband, family and friends.

Lovely also are the news about people showing what humanity really means especially in the time of c oronavirus.

What is admirable are the people who continue to give and serve without political gain.

Those who continue to fight bravely for what is just. Those who are not afraid to speak up and get ridiculed just to call out the abusive people in power.

What is admirable is knowing that we are on day___ of our quarantine yet here we are. (It's longer than 25 days I know but I started when enhanced q uarantine was announced in our city).

Those who are scarred and still beautiful. Those are admirable.

The noise outside is too loud. Sometimes the voices of doubt and fear in my head are deafening too.

But I fight and choose to fixate to only what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.

What is excellent and worthy of praise?

  • God's steadfast love.
  • His mercy that's new every morning.
  • The good work He has began in me.
  • His purpose behind all these which we are yet to know and understand.
I want to fixate on these things.

Your turn

  • What are you currently preoccupied with?
  • What scene in your life do you love to keep playing in your head?

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