I’ve mentioned before in my blog how we love to watch The Andy Griffith Show. When I’m at the gym on the machines, I watch it on my phone often laughing out loud and getting weird looks from others.
As I was watching an episode the other day, I heard Barney say something we don’t say anymore. He told Thelma Lou, his girlfriend, to keep a good thought.
This got me to thinking. Exactly what does that mean to tell someone to keep a good thought? Does it mean the same thing to everyone? I don’t think so.
Some people’s thoughts are almost always negative. It’s this world we live in that keeps our thoughts on gloom and doom. So how do we overcome it?
Paul said in Philippians 4:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (The Message)
It’s hard to do, isn’t it. To truly meditate constantly on things that are best, beautiful, and praiseworthy. But it is exactly what we need to do when it seems the whole world is panicking and crazy! When there’s no cleaning supplies or toilet tissue to be found in any store!
Today more than ever, we Christ-followers need to be telling others to keep a good thought! It’s our only hope.
He’s our only hope!