Written by Rev. Craig Moock, pastor of Rural Chapel United Methodist Church in Galena, OH
As we look to practice our faith daily during this time of crisis, I was drawn to Philippians 4:8 which says, “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” (NIV).
In this passage we are reminded that we have a choice about what we focus our mental attention on. Do we focus on our challenges and anxiety or do we focus on the good stuff? Paul then tells us what we should focus on.
Take time tonight to talk with your families about the good things going on around you. Take time to notice the beauty of God regardless of your circumstances. Spend time in prayer focused on the good and I guarantee that you will experience more of that goodness because we usually find what we are looking for.
Look for the good, focus on it and you will see all that God is doing around you. You are loved by your pastor and the God who created the world!!!
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.Philippians 4:8
Blessings! I look forward to all we have planned for Holy Week and I look forward even more to gathering with you online at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, to celebrate the resurrection on Easter.
Pastor Craig Moock, Office 740-548-4389, firstname.lastname@example.org