Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things                                                                  Philippians 4 :8 (KJV)

Sometimes the old King James version of the Bible brings a sense of poetry and majesty into our life. I chose the verse above because it contains some great mental health principles. This verse encourages us to concentrate on beauty, wholesomeness, uplifting things. What better way to set our mind on things that can bring us into the presence of God? What better way to avoid the evil in the world that besets us?

Choosing to think on those things led me recently to stay away from current events podcasts and news analysis as I do my morning walk. The choices that we make to set our minds in certain directions sets the tone for the whole day.

I would say that Paul, the writer of this letter (from jail no less!), knew how to seek good mental health.

Prayer: Help us Lord to stay in that positive lane of thinking, Amen

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