"Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable." —Philippians 4:8
Happy New Year!
This greeting alone seems to offer cheer...and hope. And don't we all need something to look ahead to after the glories of the Christmas holidays—family, fun, and festivities? Some of us may even be a bit sad, if not sorrowing, missing loved ones who traveled to spend time with us to celebrate. Moving forward keeps us focused on the positive, don't you agree? I certainly discovered this when we took our youngest children to the airport following Christmas. Ah, the blues set in ever so quickly!
But, in pondering the above verse in Philippians, the words that really seemed to pop out at me were: things that are true. And they led me to look up the old, beloved Tennyson poem:
"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."
What if we turned away from false reports, false statements, friends? What if, instead, we focused on the truth, the positive, the very best in people, which raises us, as well. Why not turn over a new leaf, so to speak, and embrace the truth? The Truth of God's calling in our lives, in particular, to spread the Gospel in all the corners of this dark world, dear friends? And let's begin right at home, in the small corner of our own influence. Are you in?