Lately, I’ve been doing word search puzzles to keep my mind sharp and to keep myself looking out of the box. However, here’s an interesting thing I’ve noticed, while I do see some words I am not specifically looking for, more often than not, I can get to the end of the puzzle and look for a word I’ve not seen the whole time;,, but when I consciously look for it, it just seems to pop off the page. It was there the whole time, I just kept looking past it, because it was not a word I was looking for at that moment.
What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Well nothing, but today as I was looking for that last word; it instantly popped off the page. How many times had I looked right past it? This thought hit not just my head, but my spirit. “You see what you look for.” This is not only true in a word search puzzle, but in every aspect of our life as well.
When was the last time you asked yourself, “What am I looking for in my relationships, my health, and my wealth?” Whatever it is, you’ll find what your looking for.
I have to ask myself, am I looking for what is true, honorable, right, pure and lovely in my relationships, my health, and my wealth? Or, am I looking for what’s defective, missing, or wrong in those areas? Whatever I’m looking for, I’m pretty sure that is what I’ll find.
Sometimes we do have to deal with areas in our life that are not lining up with the Word of God. However, for the most part, if we look for what’s good, that will be what dominates and ultimately wins.
We tend to look for what we think about. If you want to know what that looks like, just check out what’s popping off the pages of your mind. This holiday season, let’s determine to step out in faith and look at life and others through the lens Philippians 4:8.
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.” NLT