I can be rather cynical and negative when I look at modern society. Certainly, we face a lot of problems. But we also need to look at what is positive. Paul writes to the Philippian church, “Finally, brothers, 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.”(4:8) It is easy enough to find the junk in our fallen world, and we do need to be aware of all that is happening. But there are many good things around as well. We can start by looking at the good in our closest family members, and friends. Not flattery, but truth. It doesn’t hurt to tell them, also. Then there are the acts of sacrifice and bravery others have made. There is much beauty in God’s creation. There are even positive things we can find in our government, and leaders. Above all, we have the abundant grace God sheds upon us in so many ways each day. I will continue to be a bit cynical at times, but my heart is set on the Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest joy God has given us.