Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
As I sit here making my grocery list, I wonder what I will find at the stores this morning. Or if I will find anything.
The coronavirus has changed life as we know it. At least for right now, and my emotions have been all over the place.
Yesterday, my daughter that lives in Washington, sent me picture after picture of empty shelves at the grocery stores. Where not one single can of soup was available. That means even the SpaghettiOs were bought up. Who eats SpaghettiOs? Yuck! (Sorry, if you’re a SpaghettiOs lover, personal preference I guess).
This is something I never thought I would experience in my lifetime, and I am struggling to process it. I tend to be a bit of a “Pollyanna”, and think that things will be OK. Surely this virus and worldwide craziness will pass!
Would it make any difference if I freak out and let myself dwell on the unknown aspect of what’s happening to our world right now? Would my worry and anxiety change anything? No it certainly wouldn’t.
Paul encourages his readers in Philippians 4:8, he says to think about things that are true and honorable and right, pure, lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
So here is a list to get us started thinking more positively.
- True– the over abundant love of God. (Exodus 34:6)
- Honorable– How can we help others during this time?
- Right– God will provide all that we need. (Philippians 4:19)
- Pure– A heart devoted to God. (Psalm 24:4)
- Lovely– The new spring blossoms on the trees.
- Admirable– The work Jesus did on the cross for us. (Romans 5:8-10)
- Excellent– The sweet love of family and friends.
- Worthy of praise- Our Lord God Almighty. (Revelation 4:11)