In a world with a 24-hour news cycle, our challenge is to focus our thinking on the proper things. According to Philippians 4:8, one such topic for our focus is whatever is lovely. Other translations could be “whatever is pleasing”, or “enjoyable,” or “gives delight.” The word refers to something that causes a positive emotional response within us.
My wife and I enjoy gardening. We love to plant vegetables and to see a well-kept flower garden. We enjoy picking fruit and berries. Even ordering seeds, new berry plants or flowering shrubs in the midst of winter lets us anticipate the pleasure we’ll have planting, harvesting and enjoying the garden. It’s like a mental breath of fresh air!
What do you find pleasing? Is it a hobby like knitting, painting, woodworking? Or hiking, hunting, fishing, gardening or something else? Do you delight in your pet? Do you love to take outings with your children? Do you like following a team in cricket, football, baseball, rugby, basketball or another sport? Maybe you like to read a good book by the fire in winter or under a shady tree during the summer. Do you have a friend you enjoy chatting with because their attitude is so refreshing or encouraging to you?
Stop for a moment and identify something that’s pleasing to you. Now, take a moment today to experience it and enjoy it!
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