Whatever is true, whatever is is honorable, whatever is just, whatever pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. Phil. 4:8

For whatever reason whatever is annoying, mean-spirited, and upsetting can distract us from dwelling on the things that build up our minds and spirits. We can’t control the thoughts that come into our heads but we can decide how much attention and credence to give to those thoughts. We can make conscious decisions to focus on good things, to notice beauty, and to commend excellence when we see it.

Lord, help me to focus on Your whatevers.