“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
While beginning with the ending is acknowledged to be an odd way to tell a story, truth is stranger than fiction. For instance, some people are fond of putting carts in front of horses, trying to collect dividends before making investments, and, generally, letting bad beliefs thwart good ideas.
Human nature thrives on the gossip fueled by jealousy. Many choose to believe the purveyors of hidden secrets, who have specialized in being Fault Finders. Their mutual immaturity is provided a respite by dwelling on the foibles of others. With a warped sense of reality, they believe that tearing down another provides stature to the destroyer.
Let’s resist the craziness, by focusing our thoughts on being Good Finders.
We begin by applying a principle of farming: Either plant quality seeds and produce a crop of value, or weeds will grow.
All we do begins with a thought.
Each of our lives is unique because of different education and experience. Yet, we can, all, “Fix our thoughts.” Yes, two important facets to the word: Fix. First, let’s acknowledge the importance of fixing our broken thought patterns, the Stinkin’ Thinkin’. Next, let’s do the fixin’ by focusing on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise.
Please, this is cause for pause. Stop and Begin; stop reading and begin listing: all of the goodness in your life. Take one word at a time. What is true? What is honorable? What is right? And, so forth. If you have yet to experience an attribute of goodness from another person, how do you offer it? Have you ever considered how one, simple, act of kindness and loyalty can change a life, forever?
Of all the prayers offered in the course of a day, this one is guaranteed to make a difference:
God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And, Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right,
If I surrender to His will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And, supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
Because kindness and loyalty are the cornerstones of our peace of mind and the keys to opening the minds of others, we are encouraged to, “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.”
By being Good Finders, we are offered one of the few guarantees in life. “Whoever pursues righteousness and love: finds life, prosperity and honor.”
That, my friends, is the ending worthy of a new beginning!