Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Antisthenes, the founder of the sect of the Cynics, when he was told that Ismenias played excellently upon the flute, answered properly enough, “Then he is good for nothing else, otherwise he would not have played so well.”
Such also was Philip’s saying to his son, when, at a certain entertainment, he sang in a very agreeable and skillful manner, “Are you not ashamed to sing so well?”
No doubt you are good at more than just one thing. The problem is that what we think about will often play out in real life. If someone like Antisthenes tells you that you must only be good at that one thing, and you believe it, then your thoughts are limiting you.
The same is true about negative, critical, and discouraging thoughts. Don’t be surprised if you are always focused on something negative, or are constantly thinking about your problems, that you end up discouraged and unhappy.
The truth is, there are plenty of things to be thankful for, and good things to be glad about if you will just look close enough.
Focusing on a job well done by your child, some good news from a distant place, or even a kind gesture from a coworker, is simple enough. But those thoughts are powerful when you make a habit out of it.
Train your mind to focus on things that are worth paying attention to, find the good in every bad situation, and think on those things.
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: What you think about will affect your spirit and your actions.
Today’s Inspirational Song: I Surrender All