Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FOCUS


Philippians 4:8 (The Message)
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

This week I have been thinking about the word FOCUS.  It seems what I focus on has a big impact on my thoughts, attitudes and actions.  If I think good positive things about those around me, always looking for the best, I am more apt to have loving feelings and actions towards them. 

For instance, it’s my choice to think and dwell on the good character traits of my husband or focus on his weaknesses. (Yes, we all have strengths and weaknesses.)  If I focus on his strengths, I am full of loving feelings and that makes me act like I’m in love.  If I am concentrating on what I don’t like about him, that is magnified in my mind, my attitude is bad and it affects our marriage negatively.

When Jerry focuses on my good points and expresses his gratitude to me, it makes me want to be a better person for him.  In the long run, that’s a lot faster way to deal with my weaknesses.    

I’m not saying you can never mention a weakness because honesty in communication is important.  However, when we focus on the weaknesses, they become larger than they really are.  We as humans are good at making a mountain out of a molehill.    

I think the world would be a better place if we would start giving people in our lives a little grace by looking for something positive in the situations we encounter with them. 

Join me today as I choose to FOCUS on the positive!