Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message Bible)
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say 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; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
These days, there is much to shake one’s faith. From local news, national disturbances and international concerns, there is almost an undertone of questions about where God is in the midst of it all. Have you considered the decrease in church attendance and the increase in Millennials denouncing not only Christianity but religion in general?
Well, we should just all pull our hair out at the troubles of the world, eh? Mmm, not exactly.
True, there are reasons for concern, but we have to use some discernment, friends. For every unexpected tragedy—both large or small (such as the demise of my cell phone yesterday…which was kinda large for me, but whatever…)—-there is an ounce of sanity we should exert. No circumstance, no experience, is the end except death itself.
Seek truth. Be noble. Work to maintain a positive reputation. Be authentic, and unafraid to express how your faith keeps you from panicking about the world around you. There is so much to smile about!