Friday, June 13, 2014
Focus on the Good!
Phil. 3:1 ¶ Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord.
Here is a word of admonition for the believers in the city of Philippi, one that is to stay with them on a daily basis. All of God’s children are to rejoice in the Lord!
Every day it seems as if we get more “news” that is more doom and gloom! It’s so easy to become focused on the negatives of life and forget that there are good things happening. Even followers of Jesus Christ can become consumed with seeing only the negative and not the positive around them. I believe this admonition from Paul was a serious one because he knew the importance of rejoicing in the Lord, even in the midst of difficulties.
Too often I’m afraid that even God’s children spend a lot of time and energy looking at the negatives. Yes, there is a lot in this world that is difficult and yet, there is also much that is good. The Lord is working and is engaged in our lives. Sometimes it simply takes being intentional about seeing the hand of God at work. Maybe that’s why Paul encouraged the brothers and sisters to rejoice.
Let’s take the time today to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Let’s look for God's hand, be intentional about rejoicing and focus on the good!
Lord, I rejoice in you today and thank you for all that you have done. Amen.