Where Does that Grin Come From?
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. ...Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8b-9 NLT)
I can’t tell you how many times I get asked how I can grin despite the challenges in my life. It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the God in whom I put my trust. Knowing “He’s got this” helps me carry on (in hope) rather than to carry on (complain)!
Grinning instead of grimacing comes from the discipline of thinking on glorious victorious thoughts outside the current stinky situation. If I practice this passage in Philippians, it might look something like this.
I’m going to fix my thoughts on what is:
· True: I remember the extreme way God answered my prayer to provide for our family.
· Honorable: I’m blown away by the way that writer stays humble when others try to put her on a pedestal.
· Right: I respect the decision this politician made to choose an unpopular but godly path.
· Pure: How precious the gift of life is when I see photos of the much prayed for Lyla.
· Lovely: How beautiful are the wildflowers dressing up that field.
· Admirable: I see integrity in the choice Russ made to not malign a wrongdoer.
· Excellent: I respect how she endures through her weight-training routine.
· Worthy of praise: God’s integrity is something I can count on.
Are you having a hard time grinning this week? What will your fix list look like?
Father, help me think on good things and not stay fixated on my stinky situation. Infuse peace.