There is a lot in our world that is just plain ugly. Catch the news on any day and hear of war, crime, tragedy, etc. Our music often focuses on that which is depressing rather than uplifting. On the other hand, there are a lot of good things on which we can focus our attention.
The good thing is this – we have a choice. Of course we cannot isolate ourselves completely from every unpleasant thing, but we can choose our focus. We can make a genuine effort to fill our minds with the good things and this will make a world of difference in our lives.
Paul put it this way: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)