The Moore American

January 9, 2013

Let’s focus on the positives in life during this new year

By Wanda Billbe
The Moore American

MOORE — It’s hard to believe we are already in the second week of the new year. Some are still pondering their New Year’s resolutions, while many have already put theirs into action. 

I don’t know about you, but there’s one thing I want to see more of in 2013 than we experienced in 2012: joy,  the kind of joy that brings lasting happiness.

Did you know that the word “joy” is mentioned in the King James Bible 165 times?  “Happy” is found 28 times, and “glad” is recorded 89 times, with “gladness” coming right behind it at 46 times. Tally these up and we are encouraged to have an enlightened heart 328 times.

It is so easy to get caught up with negative thinking and dwell on problems, instead of looking for the good in things around us.

How different would our lives be if we decided to ignore the bad and concentrate on the good? Not an easy task, but worthy of the effort. Dwelling on bad things isn’t going to make the circumstance change. But concentrating on the good things has a positive impact on everyone.

Philippians 4:8 KJV instructs us: “Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Think on good things. What wonderful things to strive for this year.

Wanda Billbe is a regular contributor to The Moore American.