Philippians 4:8: “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.”

It’s no secret that our thought life impacts our actions and well-being. If we think that our life is worth living, if we believe that there is hope for our future, if we have plans and ideals that we strive for and people we love and care for, this tremendously influences our outlook on life. However, we all know how it feels when we run into a dry spell. How we negotiate such dry spells depends entirely on how we think about it, and this is what Paul addresses in his letter to his Greek friends in East Macedonia.

A few years back, I had a near-death-experience after an unsuccessful second heart surgery. For a while, I felt my life was drawing to an end. Naturally, this has had a profound impact on my psyche. Thinking I’d soon be gone, I wanted to leave a good impression, so in all life aspects I gave it my best shot. I was really wrapping up my life to get my affairs in order so-to-speak. However, this was back in 2014. Meanwhile, I’ve made it through another heart surgery, and here I am, still kicking. Eventually, I had to shift gears because my life was not about to end any time soon.  At some point I had to resolve to give life another chance. Think about it: regardless how much time we have left, we have things working for us. We need to open our eyes, we need to get inspired, and as we keep thinking about these things hope rises in our hearts. A life without hope is no life at all. The Bible says very wisely (Proverbs 13:12):

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

The trick is not to lose hope. God for One never does, so we turn to Him for encouragement. God also uses people to encourage us.  Whatever our outlook on life, let’s not forget, it’s never as dark as it seems. And after a long night – here comes the Sun and with it a brand-new day!

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