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Looking For Problems?

My husband’s laptop has never worked properly…the tech guy from work says it is a combination of his accountability software and the virtual office suite used by the organisation to share documents, emails, diaries etc. None of it makes sense to me…all I know is that sometimes YouTube works and sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it connects to the wireless network and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes when it is working absolutely fine this window pops up saying… ‘looking for problems’. It’s always at the most inconvenient times! 

As this happened to me recently I was struck by that phrase, looking for problems. How many of us look for problems all the time? At the moment it isn’t hard to find them either!Politics seems to have gone mad; COVID is still rampant around the world; injustice and violence seem to be commonplace; and less and less people are turning to God.

The bible tells us… ‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.’ (Phil 4:8)

When things feel difficult it can be hard to set your mind on good things, but there is Good News. God doesn’t expect us to do this alone! God has placed people around you who can direct you to him. Even in the midst of a pandemic!! 

One of the best ways of setting your mind on whatever is excellent or praiseworthy is to be that person who helps others to keep their mind on whatever is lovely. It may be…

  • an encouraging text
  • a meal left on a doorstep/delivered to a friend
  • a silly GIF sent via Signal
  • a photograph of your daily walk/favourite place
  • a film recommendation of something uplifting

What could you do to bring good things, which are God things, to someone’s mind?

Rachel is an Inspire Missioner and Prayer Coordinator for the Inspire Movement.

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