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In Philippians 4:8, Paul instructed the church to think beautiful thoughts. He encouraged them to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, of moral excellence, and worthy of praise. How often are our thoughts centered on things like these? I confess my own mind is not naturally inclined to go to such places. I will also tell you when I do think of such things, my mood improves dramatically.

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Such thoughts are a natural tonic and trigger the endorphin rush we all crave. When we dwell on dreadful things, our mood sours and our hearts darken. The question we must then ask is, why do we not spend our days thinking beautiful thoughts?

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My wife and I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in the mountains. It was the first time in a very long time I’ve experienced the beauty of God’s creation in that setting.  One cannot help but be in awe of the Creator when you stare up at trees that are impossibly tall and marvel at the seemingly infinite number of them congregating together. As my wife noted, it made knowing the number of hairs on your head easy compared to the sheer volume of trees we were witnessing. Perhaps it was all the more impressive for a city dweller like myself, but realizing God knows the number of trees and watches over every creature and critter inhabiting those mountains was nothing short of breath-taking.

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