Let me urge you to take charge of your mind and emotions today.
Let your mind feast on nutritious food for a change. Refuse to grumble and criticize! Let your life yield a sweet, winsome melody that this old world needs so desperately.
Fix your attention on these six specifics in life:
Not unreal far-fetched dreams, but things that are true . . .
Not cheap, flippant, superficial stuff, but things that are honorable . . .
Not things that are wrong and unjust, . . . but that which is right.
Not thoughts that are carnal, smutty, and obscene, but that which is pure . . .
Not things that prompt arguments and defense in others, but those that are agreeable . . .
Not slander, gossip, and put-downs, but information of good report, the kind that builds up and causes grace to flow.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.