Everywhere we look these days, there is negativity. It seems that when someone does a good thing, it is overlooked or cynical people tear that act to shreds. Why are we like this? Why don’t we try to see the good in people and in this life? We should be lifting each other up and encouraging those who need it. Instead we go on witch hunts to boost our own ego. This happens with parents, in jobs, and in our communities. (Don’t get me started on politics!)
As Christians, we are here to bring glory to God. With that in mind, here are some verses about being positive.
Philippians 4:8: “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.”
Proverbs 17:22: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Ephesians 4:31-32: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”
Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up.”
I have a challenge for you: this weekend, focus on being a positive voice to those around you. You never know who needs a kind word. Look for the good in them and say it out loud. To their face. Make eye contact and tell them what they mean to you. Tell them how great they are doing. Or just remind them it is going to get better, and truly mean it.
We get one life, but many chances at making a difference. Maybe this feels trivial to you, but it won’t to someone who is feeling like a failure. It will have meaning to someone who is holding onto hope by the tiniest of threads.
God puts people in our paths for a reason. He wants us to reach out and share His love. Are we really living that out? It is never too late to start!
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