More than once I’ve heard the comment that our pandemic days are like living in jail. That was certainly validated a few moments ago when I got an ALARM on my phone from the powers-that-be telling me to stay home. The same kind of alarm we got when the fires threatened our town. Wow. Craziness. 
It makes sense, then, to pay attention to what Paul wrote in Philippians, because he wrote that letter to those believers while he was imprisoned in Rome.
Let’s get a mindset reset:
Focus on Others:
– “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1:2)
– “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (1:3-3-6)
– “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (2:3)
Stay Positive:
– “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.” (1:12)
– “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (4:8)
Spread a Little Joy:
– “Yes, and I will rejoice… For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (1:18,21)
Be a Good Example:
– “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (1:27)
Stop Grumbling:
– “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” (2:14)
Be Productive:
– “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (3:14)
– “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (4:13)
Pray a Lot:
– Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and yours minds in Christ Jesus.” (4:6-7)
Trust God:
– “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (4:19)
So be it, Lord. Amen and amen.
Janet McHenry is a speaker and author of 24 books–six of those on prayer, including PrayerWalk and The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would love to connect with you during this nutso time of life and offers a free ebook called Prayer Helps: Scripture-Based Prayers When You Don’t Know How to Pray to those who sign up for her monthly newsletter:
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