Philippians 4:8 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.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Pastor Michael asked how does one stay positive in difficult and sad circumstances? He believes the answer is where your focus is. Is it on yourself and your environment or is it on God? When your focus remains on God you develop spiritual enthusiasm or en theos. That means you are filled with God allowing you to positively influence your environment. He told the story of David and Goliath. David was completely focused on God at that point in his life, which allowed him to fight Goliath and win. After his victory, David became comfortable and shifted his focus toward himself. Since he was distracted it caused him to be in a place he shouldn’t have been which got him in trouble. David tried to fix what he had done. It was the prophet Nathan that finally got David to see what he had really done and then he begged God for forgiveness.
The secret to being content is en theos. By keeping your focus on God and allowing Him to fill you up, you won’t be pulled down by your situation. Knowing that God is with you and giving you strength will allow you to change your environment. That focus will bring positivity and allow you to be the light that shines on the world so you can make a difference. Where is your focus?