When you talk to other people, are you always bringing up your condition? The Bible says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). If your heart is constantly dwelling on how much pain you are in or how much you are suffering, according to this verse it is going to come out of your mouth. People aren’t as longsuffering as the Lord is. Even the best of friends will reach his or her limit of a constant look into a heart of self-pity and misery. But I am sure some of you are thinking, “I can’t help it! I’m sick and that is all I can think about.” Obviously you can’t just forget about your illness or pain, but you can fill your heart with other things that will come out in conversations. Joyful things. Things of God. Pleasures of life that you can still enjoy. Things from Phillipians 4:8, which says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” The more you do this and the less you concentrate on your afflictions, the more joyful the conversations will become, and the more joy you will have in your heart.
Let’s take a look at some of these things we should meditate on. What things are true? Of course, God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). Are you really meditating on His Word every day? Scripture also includes the things that are honest, just and pure.
How about lovely things? Even people who are ill can appreciate the lovely things God has created. In my case it would be looking out the window and seeing lovely goldfinches on the feeder or taking a walk in the woods and seeing all the beautiful things of nature. A sunset or a rainbow is a lovely thing.
Something else that can be lovely is music. Music is a powerful way to improve our mood. In I Samuel chapter 16, we see that Saul, the king, was plagued by an evil spirit that put him in a really bad mood. But it says that “David took an harp and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” I do believe that sometimes a bad mood can be a spirit that is hanging around trying to get us down. So as we can see from this verse, good spiritual music can overcome this and make us feel refreshed. It can also revitalize us, calm us, distract us from unpleasantness, bring to mind pleasant memories, and evoke positive emotions. Many, many times I have felt very gloomy and turned on upbeat, happy Christian music and changed my whole outlook. Meditate on lovely music.
We are constantly bombarded by bad reports. You cannot watch the news without getting constant negative stories. Where can you get good reports? How about Christian radio programs? We need to get encouragement every day, and there are many good programs out there to give us the positive boost we need. In my area, we do not get any Christian TV channels, so I rely on the internet to get some of the encouraging Christian programs I need. My absolute favorite time of the day is when I sit down in front of my computer in the afternoon with a cup of coffee and watch a certain program I discovered with a positive message each day. It lifts my spirits.