Peace family, are you focusing on the good and beautiful things in your life this year?
One of the Bible verses that has made a big impact on my life is Philippians 4:8, which says, “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.”(NIV)
That doesn’t mean that we should ignore all the hard things or pretend that troubles don’t exist, but it does make me want to be more intentional about thinking on the good things, and thanking God for them. A friend of mine who works in neurobiology says that thinking about those things is even good for us physically, because your brain will reinforce the mental pathways that you use most frequently. She says that if you focus on the good memories and experiences, it actually strengthens those positive connections in your brain, and the pathways between the negative thoughts will weaken. Interesting, huh?
This year, I want to take a minute each weekend to write down the things that I am most thankful for that week, fold up the paper, and slip it into a jar. No matter what happens this year, for good or for bad, at the end of it, I should have at least 52 pieces of paper to serve as a testimony to all of the good things God blesses me with.
Peace family, would you like to join me? I think it could have a greater positive impact on our lives than we know. Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.