Philippians 4:8 reminds us to "fix [our] thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (NLT)
When we fix our thoughts and eyes where they ought to be fixed, it can do a lot to improve our outlook and attitude. This in turn has a domino effect on how we respond to and treat those around us. When we see our young adult children showing character excellence (e.g. honesty, kindness, forgiveness) or doing positive things (such as working hard, volunteering in the community, reaching out to those in need), it's important to let them know we notice.
Noticing leads to feelings of encouragement, a desire to continue, and healthy relationships.
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