Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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. 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.
This passage might just be one of the most practical and relevant scriptures for us in 2020.
It begins by reminding us to rejoice in the Lord, to celebrate God in all circumstances. Then we are told to be considerate of others. Thirdly, don’t be anxious but be a praying people, bringing our concerns before God in prayer. Then fourthly, having prayed, let it go. Let the peace of God consume us. And finally, control our minds to focus on what is good and positive and excellent.
So, there you have it. Our practical guide for living in 2020.
don’t be anxious but instead pray,
then let it go and consume our minds with what is good.