"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, 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." (ASV)
I'm a firm believer in the concept that attitude is everything. It shapes the way we see the world around us. Doctors know that a patient whose attitude is good recovers better than one who constantly grumbles. Employers know that positive employees are more productive. It seems to touch every part of our lives.
The great part is that we get to choose our attitude. When you wake up in the morning, you have a choice to make every day. You can choose to let the world affect the way your day goes, or you can choose to have a great day, no matter what the world may throw at you. Of course, hanging on to that decision through the day is the hard part.
Fortunately, Paul gives us a great way to maintain a good attitude. He tells us to focus our minds on the good things. It's hard to be in a sour mood when your mind is focused on the things of God! Praising God can counteract any difficult situation!
What are some of the good things God has put into your life? How can you remind yourself to focus on these things in the midst of a bad day?