Focus on the Good | Giving Up isn’t an option

  1. Philippians 4:8 states:

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.

I woke up at 4:30 to begin my day. My iPhone’s news notifications are awake before I am and attempt to claim my attention (negative) over the beautiful sound of serenading birds (admirable, lovely). After muddling through the never ending onslaught of media ‘dirty laundry’, I wondered what it is about human nature that lures us to find interest in the deviant deeds of others. I notice that the effect of engaging, through passive observation (reading or viewing), is negative. The negative effects can lead to depression, hopelessness, and over time it’s the Devil’s subtle way of leading us away from Faith.

We need continuous reminders of the good news that Jesus Christ gives us. With that in mind, my goal is to use the gifts that the Lord has given me to remind us all (myself included) of the good news through scripture, images, and positive news / stories.

I invite you to contribute your own personal stories and / or inspiring stories you find out there in the world.

We live in a sinful world – it’s been that way since the fall of mankind (Adam and Eve). But the good news is that Jesus died for all of us! We need to keep our eyes 👀 on the truth and the truth is not told in our secular world.

So my positive story today is about a young man, Ramon Arroya,, who, was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in his 30s. Rather than give up, he became an inspiration to, not only people with MS, but to all people!

His book, ‘‘100 meters: Giving up is not an option1 inspired a movie as well, and I’d highly recommend watching it on Netflix.

It’s important to connect the movie’s tagline (not giving up is what this movie is about) back to the initial thought in this post. If Ramon had focused on what was wrong with his life, he could have never accomplished what to many seemed impossible, and maybe even foolish.
He struggled, for sure, and giving up would have been the easy choice. However, he kept his focus on the goal.

Wrapping this up, Ramon’s story reminds us of why Philippians 4:8 is so important in our lives.

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.

  1. http://www.emsp.org/news-messages/100-meters-ms-ironman-movie-true-story/ ↩︎

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