Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” vs. 8Philippians 4:6-9
Paul’s final admonition to the Philippians is worthy of our attention, and many would reply to it with an “Amen.” It is important to focus our thoughts on those things which are uplifting and edifying–it’s a good way to keep from spiraling into depression by being caught up in negativity. Some have had a hard time doing this during these last few days as events have spun out of control in Israel and Gaza. The news reports and videos have been heartbreaking–many have a hard time even looking at the scenes that are being broadcast to the world. The atrocities are beyond comprehension! In the face of this barrage, many have chosen to take Paul’s words to heart. They deny the images and the stories entry into their conscious minds and choose to focus instead on what is honorable, pure, and commendable in their immediate surroundings. It just breaks their hearts to see the horror, and they would rather not deal with it. We can understand that decision. At the same time, we know that people of faith can’t turn away from suffering and pain any more than Jesus could have turned away from the cross. It’s just that sometimes it really hurts to see the pain!
Thought for the Day: How do I deal with horrifying news?