Thursday, October 23, 2014

Positive Thoughts from an Aging Germaphobe

The last couple weeks it seems I’ve been surrounded by an overload of worldly negative.  My consumption is fueled, for better or worse, because I follow the news pretty closely.  I am getting old and a moderate germaphobe; not good right now…not good at all.  In case you’ve been desensitized by American culture and media or living under a rock I’m talking about Ebola in a bordering state to me in the USA for goodness sakes, ISIS, bombings everywhere, shootings in Canadian parliament, shootings and riots in our own Midwest, dirty campaigning, and the coup de’ grace - Honey Boo Boo’s mom is now dating a registered sex offender.  I could easily lengthen this list with one click to my favorite news page.  So today I thought I’d throw out something positive.  Just some go ol’ positive stuff.  I love the word “stuff”.

Philippians 4:8 The Voice (VOICE)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

Proverbs 17:22 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

Philippians 4:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Ephesians 4:31-32 New Living Translation (NLT)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Romans 12:2 The Voice (VOICE)
2 Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

Matthew 21:21-22 The Voice (VOICE)
Jesus: 21 I tell you this: if you have faith and do not doubt, then you will be able to wither a fig tree with one glance. You will be able to tell mountains to throw themselves into the ocean, and they will obey.
As Jesus says this, one or two disciples probably glance around the shadows of the early morning, confused and afraid. Jesus has just paraded into Jerusalem and upset the vendors and leaders with His bold talk. Now He is challenging His disciples to expect the physical creation to respond to their commands and faith. But Jesus isn’t finished. [commentary from The Voice]
Jesus: 22 If you believe, whatever you ask for in prayer will be granted.

And here are a few positive news stories to check out.