Staying Positive in the Midst of Intense Negativity

Staying Positive in the Midst of Intense Negativity

What would happen if we turned to Jesus, instead of Wall Street, to provide?

How would our lives change if we stopped putting our faith in the government, and instead lifted our hands to the One who will never disappoint us?

You and I live in a fallen world. Things will never be fair, and things will never be easy. My heart bleeds for change too. But I know that true change, the kind that lights fires and inspires generations, comes from Jesus Christ. I’ve chosen to put my faith and hope in the One who’s steadfast.

Philippians 4:8: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your 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.”

In these hard times, what would happen if we adopted a three-fold plan to combat negativity in our own lives? This is not “if I put happy thoughts into the universe, happy things will happen to me”. Positive thinking alone is not enough. Only God is enough. That we can stay positive and not succumb to the cynicism around us is a miracle only He can perform, and it’s a daily struggle.

1. Give thanks.

My heart is overflowing with thanks. There is so much to be thankful for. We can pay our bills every month. Our family is healthy and happy. I never want for any basic needs. I am so humbled by all the blessings that have been given to me. God has so richly blessed me, and I find myself more and more in a continuous love song with Him. Praise Him in your happy and difficult times and give thanks. Not sure what you have to be thankful for? Ask Him to reveal His many blessings to you. Trust me. Your heart will be forever changed.

2. Disengage from the negativity our world thrives on.

Limit your time watching and reading the news (notice I said “limit”, not “completely cancel out” – ignorance is not the answer because we need to know people’s needs before we can help meet them). Be careful of toxic relationships and people who serve as a negativity trigger for you. Replace these things with new relationships and opportunities. Ask God to bring new people into your life. Ask Him to bring an opportunity to the table for you to help someone and use your talents. Are we ever quite as happy as when we know we’re truly using our gifts for good?

3. Start local.

Frustrated that you can’t change the world? I firmly believe that if you want to change the world, you should start in your own backyard. Volunteer your time locally. Help out a neighbor or friend. Find a need in your area, and fill it. You can make a difference in one person’s life. One person at a time – that’s how you change the world.

Will you join me in cultivating positivity, happiness, and hope in your life and the lives of others?

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