Posted by: Anne | June 4, 2010

dwelling

Georgia O’Keefe once said, “If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” Since I first heard that quote, I’ve loved the idea of, for just a little while, being totally caught up in a good thing – be it a flower, a favorite movie, a fun hobby, or a conversation with a friend.

However, it recently occurred to me that the concept can apply to not-so-good things, too. Maybe I’m awake at night fretting about some potential health issue, or anticipating bad news in a business meeting. Whatever the case, I quickly grow so consumed by my fears that I’m unable to see anything beyond them. It’s in those times I need to remind myself that those bad thoughts are *not* my world.

Yes, we will have to face bad times. But in choosing our response, let us consider two more truths: 1) at no point will worrying help, and 2) more often than not, we’re further wasting time dreading things that don’t ever happen. With this in mind, as much as we possibly can, let’s let our thoughts – our world – be the good things.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8

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