Shift Your Focus

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“ whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8

This is one of my favorite scriptures from the New Testament Bible and it sums up what I’ve been trying to do with the Praise Party—my 30-day practice of blogging about “anything worthy of praise.”

Today I encourage you to join me in seeing the praiseworthy in EVERY situation. By that I mean, let’s all choose to focus on only the good in things and totally disregard anything else that might want to draw our attention.

1. Your son brings home a report card with a D (or even an F) and the rest As & Bs. Give praise to him for the passing grades and ignore the F. Besides, it’s not as if he doesn’t know that he got the D/F! In fact it’s very likely that despite his unconcerned attitude, he doesn’t like being a “failure” and belaboring the point of the less than stellar marks isn’t likely to increase his motivation.

2. Your co-workers constantly stand around and talk while you do ALL the work. Really? Instead of focusing on their chatty nature, which in your opinion equals loafing, look around for even the smallest evidence of work they have done and give genuine praise for that effort.

Choose your focus
Remember, what we focus on E X P A N D S!
If you choose to see even the minutest good in a situation and you do that consistently, you’ll be shocked at how quickly that situation will change to reflect your new focus.
Don’t believe me? Try it for the remainder of this 30-day Praise Party (22 days left) and see what happens.

And please share your experiences and questions below. I’d love to dialogue with you about how your personal Praise Party is going.

5 thoughts on “Shift Your Focus

  1. So funny to have this message today.

    was just thinking about how sometimes the evil of “Vanity” can be all-consuming and dampen our spiritual growth. I give PRAISE to the support of loving, supportive husbands who make their wives and family feel loved, accepted, appreciated, and beautiful. It’s so easy to stayed focused on that ONE unrealistic disturbing thought that can zap your happiness and spiritual growth as every day priorities which influence those around us that we love. Providing a nurturing, consistently loving and accepting environment is to focus on the priorities of light to help prepare our loved ones for the challenges of darkness each day. Being able to concentrate on greatness, rather than that one powerful negativeness is great guidance for teaching others to enjoys the moment and pure, uncomplicated beauty.

  2. Giving Praise today by thanking God for putting me where I needed to be instead of where I wanted to be. It gave me the ability to spend some priceless final moments with a dear friend. Of course this epiphany didn’t come to me until after. I was busy complaining about what I missed instead of focusing on where I was.

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