Tuesday 1 September

Thought for the day from Helen Simmonds

Philippians is a great letter. It was written by Paul to a church he clearly loved. It’s a joyful letter even though Paul wrote it from prison. It seems especially appropriate just now. Towards the end he says:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Over the years I’ve quoted that numerous times to teenagers – our own and other people’s. Looking at it again recently I was reminded that I need to take my own advice!

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all that’s going on with a global pandemic as well as the rest of life. Could this teaching be the antidote we all need to much of the stuff that we are bombarded with through social media, internet, TV and radio? We can’t stop ourselves thinking but we can make sure we have got some good things to think about. We can choose to look for positives. My favourite positive this week is the news that polio has been eradicated from the continent of Africa. We can decide to dwell on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

It doesn’t mean we should ignore the news, or messages from friends and others, and then pray for God to be present. But I need to think about where I focus my thoughts. It made me change channels on the radio recently, to pick up a magazine yesterday and look up a website today.

Helen Simmonds – Diocesan Lay Chair

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