“You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly… Philippians 4:8
A while back I talked with a friend struggling with personal issues close to her heart. I shared with her my mother’s only advice when eleven years ago I whined to her about about my sagging marriage. She said, “Linda, think happy thoughts.” My reaction (without saying it aloud) was, “How can I think happy thoughts—all I want is to get out of this marriage!”
After months of sessions with a good marriage therapist, our marriage was reconciled into an even better marriage. One day I thought of those three little words from my mother’s wisdom: Think happy thoughts. She was right. Tomorrow we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
Dear Lord, help us not to dwell on our concerns so long that we forget about the good things happening in lives. Amen.