Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
When people talk about an unpleasant situation, some can always find that silver lining. But the rest of us. Well. When something unpleasant is happening, we don’t just see the glass half empty. We can’t even see that a glass exists in the first place! No matter what may be happening, good or bad, the pessimist always looks at the bad and can’t believe that things will ever work out. A lot depends on our past experiences. As children, we learn quickly whether we’re one of the “cool” kids or someone that gets stomped on. The same can happen as an adult. People may mistreat you and reinforce that bad things are always going to happen to you, and rarely will something good. But that’s no way to live. God is all about giving us promises of his faithfulness and goodness. He tells us to keep our thoughts focused on the true and lovely. Granted, it’s not always possible to avoid seeing that everything looks bad. But only for that moment. That’s when we need to turn to God and see that he can be the true and lovely in our lives no matter what else is going on.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.