“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” (Philippians 4:8, NLT).
It’s true you are what you eat and it’s also true you are what you think about. If you dwell on negative, depressing things, chances are you’ll get depressed. Watching the news makes you think nothing good ever happens in the world.
I’m sure the news wasn’t so great in Paul’s day either. When he told the Philippians to fix their thoughts on the positive, he was pointing them to more than what was happening in Philippi. He was encouraging them to keep their thoughts on God, because he alone is excellent and he alone is worthy of praise. When anyone does anything kind or loving, God gets the praise as the source of all good things.