Just the other day I was listening to a news report about a new study regarding dementia. The study had determined that those who go through their life with a very cynical and pessimist tend to develop dementia sooner and more deeply than the norm.
The first thing that came to my mind was Paul’s comments in Philippians
Philippians 4:7-9 New International Version (NIV)
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
In no way am I saying that being a Christian means you never will face the problems of aging and dementia — but if the that study is true it is interesting.
Even without the dementia study it is interesting to note that those who go through life with their minds constantly occupied with those things which are pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy should go through life with a better attitude, a more forward looking perspective and probably a lot more they enjoy on a daily basis.
In another context Paul tells his readers to “make the most of every opportunity” (redeem the time in another translation) because this world is evil.
We live in a broken world that gives us lots of opportunity to discover and think about lots of bad things. People become more and more isolated from each other — the news is full of reports about how hopeless things are becoming — we are subjected to a constant barrage of the negative ……
…… [but the] peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
How? By our openness to the Holy Spirit and a concerted and intentional effort to look for all that is ….
true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, [think about] anything [that] is excellent or praiseworthy….
A missionary friend of mind contends that where ever Jesus goes — things get better. It would appear so…..