Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
“How can I control what thoughts fill my mind? I can’t spend my whole day meditating, and other thoughts creep in.” Of course, they do, but how much space and importance do we give them? At the end of the day do I list all the things that went wrong? Are my prayers a listing of everything bad and a scream to have them fixed? (sometimes!) What if I filled my mind with thoughts and questions about what was true, noble, right, and pure during my day. It’s not just an index of hurts, but a search for God’s hand on me during the day. After these kinds of questions, I can ask God to take the residue of angst and pain and replace it with his peace. He will. Philippians 4:8 (The Message)