At McDowell, our team has created some team-guiding principles. These principles help us create a healthy culture for our team. They guide our interaction and help us focus the work environment. We talk about them. They are framed on our wall. We talk about ways to implement them. We check in and ask how each other is doing in regard to the principles. They are important to us. Philippians 4 is packed with incredible wisdom and inspiration. Verse 8 has been a verse that has shaped my life and is shaping my family as well. It says, “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.” This verse has inspired our team-guiding principle, Believe the Best. It’s a principle that can have a profound impact on our teamwork and interaction. When we believe the best in each other, we choose to think about what is right, what is admirable and what is good in each other. We focus on the praiseworthy that each person brings to the table. We choose to believe in the best intentions of each other’s actions instead of wondering if there is something sinister in their motivations. This not always simple. We don’t always follow this guiding principle, and it can create rifts over time. It doesn’t mean we ignore when someone has hurt us or said something cavalier. It doesn’t mean we just stick our head in the ground and ignore the bad that is going on. What it means is we CHOOSE to interact with kindness, with honesty, with gentleness and with love. Over time it changes our perspective when we focus on the excellent and pure in each other. When you walk into a room focusing each other’s strengths instead of their weaknesses it changes the way we talk and interact. When we change our approach of what we focus on throughout life it will change us. It will change our relationships. It will change our attitude. It will change our faith and belief of what God can do. It will change our families. You know it to be true, when we look at each other, the lens through which we choose to look paints the picture of how we see them. Choose to look at each other through this believe-the-best lens. Choose to look at your life through this lens. Focus on the beauty, the lovely, the wonderful that God has put around you; it will change your life.