CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST (2 Corinthians 10:5)
THEREFORE, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE THINGS THAT ARE TRUE, THOSE THAT ARE HONORABLE, THOSE THAT ARE RIGHTEOUS, THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PURE, THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PRECIOUS, THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PRAISEWORTHY, DEEDS OF GLORY AND OF PRAISE, MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS (Philippians 4:8)
My sister and I have been talking about this a lot. We talked about it in the latest podcast (episode #2), and I feel like these verses point us to the very backbone of gratitude.
Paul leads us to a meditation; whatsoever things are pure, lovely, righteous, truthful-- think on these things. How often have I chosen to think of the dark, the failing, the shortcomings? often.
I've broken down to my mom so many times before "how do I stop? I don't know how to stop these negative, destructive thoughts... I don't know how to stop them." and my mom always so graciously points out, that it's not so much about stopping, as it is about starting.
it's not so much saying 'no' to something, as it is saying a great, big 'YES' to something else. something better.
Gratitude is saying "YES". Yes, I chose to be awake. I chose to be conscious, and I chose to focus not on the things (lies) that my wandering mind tells me, but on the bold declaration my creator makes about me. I am more than a conqueror, and I am blessed beyond measure. I choose to focus on the good, on the light, and on the beauty-- and in doing so, I set myself free. I bring more of it into the world.