No, I’m not thinking of some “Eastern” transcendental meditations.  I know nothing about this so I checked the dictionary. “Transcendentalism” is a philosophy based on a search for reality through spiritual intuition.”

I recommend the instruction of the Apostle Paul in the 4th chapter of Philippians.  Verse 8 gives us much to consider:  “Finally brethren, Whatsoever things are true, Whatsoever things are noble,  Whatsoever things are just, Whatsoever things are pure, Whatsoever things are lovely, Whatsoever things are of good report, If there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy, MEDITATE on these things.”

Yes, it is difficult to be optimistic as we look at our sinful world and sinful people.  It is foolish to fail to recognize reality.  Yet, consider the Apostle Paul’s world as he wrote the words we just cited above. He was in prison, writing to persecuted Christians; they were a small minority in their community.  So, what do his words say to us today?

For me, it says to meditate and direct my thoughts on the positives.  All of the things we are to meditate on are attributes of our Savior.  Meditate on what He has done for each of us. Christians, of all people, are blessed beyond measure.

As followers of Jesus, we are to seek to demonstrate these traits in our life, as we witness for Him. We should note these traits in fellow Christians and we need to encourage each other.  We must help new Christians to develop these attributes.

Paul concludes in Verse 9: “These things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you”.

May the God of peace be with each of us regardless of the trouble, discord, and evil around us.