Who doesn’t like “good vibes?” You’ve probably seen (and maybe wear) a t-shirt that says that phrase. I like it because it exudes optimism. I used to think it was just a cop out to not address the mess. But, upon reading Paul’s words in Philippians 4, I now understand that Paul was the “O.G” of the “good vibes” movement. Let me explain.
The essence of “good vibes” is just that, only meditate and speak things that empower and encourage and uplift. Most people would agree, no matter what you believe in, that “good vibes” matter to people. They matter for our mental health. They matter when we’re trying to learn something new. They matter to be BIG TIME right now as a new Daddy. They matter when transitioning into or away from a job.
If you’re a person who reads the Bible, this thought process is all too familiar; but you may have missed it like I did until recently. And right now, we all could use some good vibes! For reals!
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things…”Paul in Philippians 4:8
Well there it is. What a breakthrough this was for me this week. When I’m down about Covid and restrictions. When I’m down about God’s people being so negative on social media just like the rest of the world. When I’m being so hard on myself for messing up as a new Daddy… In all these things, Paul’s words are a welcome antidote.
It’s kind of like the “growth mindset.” Believing things will get better. Or pointing out the wrong, but following it up with what’s great. Too often, we begin with the negative. Why? Because, especially now, we are a very pessimistic and opinionated people. But what a breath of fresh air are those people who live Paul’s words and think of the “good vibes.”
This is different than pretending the negative isn’t there. It’s knowing that negative and tragic things are in the world but choosing to fill our minds with what we also know is good, praiseworthy, lovely and just awesome.
Anyways, that’s just some encouragement from my time in God’s Word. I hope it makes you think like it did me. And who knows, maybe you give Paul’s recommendations a try and for an entire week, only allow GOOD VIBES. I bet your view of the world would change. Maybe your attitude as well (that’s what I’m hoping for me).