And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
In the animated movie Happy Feet, each penguin has a unique heart song, a beautiful tune that it sings to attract a soul mate. You too have a heart song that is being composed every day. The harmony of your heart song, which goes straight to God’s ears, is based on the thoughts of your mind.
Your thoughts control your life, your words, and your actions. The Bible reminds us to think about things that are beautiful--anything that will make your Father in heaven smile and that will be like harmonious music to His ears.
Make a list of the beautiful things in your life, the things that can inform your thoughts and make your heart song harmonious. You might think about the things you are thankful to God for, such as the new life of your baby, clean air to breathe, a bed to sleep in, or food to eat. You may also think about one or two Bible verses that bring you happiness, comfort, and peace.
Every time ugly thoughts arise that don’t bring a smile to your own face or to God’s, remember the things on your list. Consider writing the list and putting it in your coat pocket or handbag or posting it on your bathroom mirror to remind you each day.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.