“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
–Vincent Van Gogh
Spending more time with God focusing on what’s good, rather than constantly protecting yourself from what’s not, isn’t ignorance or passivity. It’s strengthening your heart before dealing with difficult circumstances. It’s renewing your mind in grace and truth before being assaulted by the world’s demands and judgments. It’s being purposefully intentional with faith, hope, and love, rather than viscerally reacting to fear, grief, and pain.
“Fix your thoughts on what’s true, honorable, right, pure, beautiful, and good. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you’ve learned and received . . . and you will always have the God of peace with you” (Phil. 4:8-9).