'...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just...think on these things...'
People and circumstances should never determine your attitude in life, only you should. To win in life you must be focused on your opportunities, not your rights.
When imprisoned for the Gospel, Paul penned these words, 'Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things...' Philippians 4:8
It's not hard to imagine how Paul's circumstances could have knocked him down. Paul could have demanded his rights; he was a Roman citizen after all, but he chose to focus on the opportunity at hand while locked up in a Roman prison. Paul took the opportunity to pen a letter encouraging the Philippian believers in their faith. Paul was focused on serving others; he saw an opportunity to bless and serve, even while locked up!
It seems that one of the most common causes of discontent, among Christians, is our constant struggle to 'secure our rights.' The truth is we live in an imperfect world and there will always be times when we're wronged or we feel that we have not received a fair shake.
So we are faced with a decision: Are we going to spend our time and energy on what should have been, or are we going to get over it and focus on what can be? Continually fighting for your rights just makes you angry, resentful, and emotionally drained. When you're focused on getting your 'rights' you're usually looking backwards, and you can't make progress while facing the wrong way!
Focusing your attention on the right things is the only way you'll be able to move in the right direction. This doesn't mean you won't experience pain along the way, it just means you choose to forgive those who have wronged you. It means you choose to zero in on what you can control: Your attitudes and the opportunities that God has brought your way.
Secure this word in your heart today: 'Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.' Philippians 3:13
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