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.
Dwelling on the negatives in life leads to anger, sadness, envy and other negative emotions. But dwelling on and focusing on the kinds of things Paul describes (beautiful things) will bring us closer to God. I am certain this does not mean we are to ignore or turn away from trials or sadness when we are able to help or to give comfort. We can't ignore the pain that is in the world. But we don't need to marinate in it, either. This is such an important lesson for me, and one which I am learning, but I know takes practice.
Father God, you have provided us with such beauty, and the ability to appreciate it. Help me to live in the beauty, without ignoring the needs of others. Amen