"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, ... noble, ... just, ... pure, ... lovely, ...of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8; NKJV).
My mother told me many years ago that she had quit watching the news because it was so depressing. I thought such was a big mistake. How could she not want to keep up with the times? I really could not sympathize.
Yet, the older I’ve gotten to witness the ever-expanding influence of spiritual darkness, the more disturbed I become. These feelings make me realize that I can waste too much time concerned over things I can do little to change. Instead, I should spend more time positively affecting practical change where I can.
So, I have followed in Mother’s footsteps for some years now! I make myself aware of the important headlines of the day, but that’s as far as it goes. I’m not burying my head in the sand; instead, I’m keeping my spirit from submerging within the sinking sand of a world intent on evil. I have come to realize that to battle the darkness around me, my spirit has to be one of encouraging light.
That’s why Philippians 4:8 is such a great verse to help one keep perspective. We need to be thinking about good, holy, and encouraging things. And when we think differently, we will respond differently.