You know the kind…
The person who’s always positive.
The one who always seems happy, and seems to try to take the ‘up’ side of issues.
Those people. Makes you wonder what it is about them–they’re weird!
Yet…let’s think about that for a minute.
What do they do that we dislike?
They try to respond to challenges well…they try to see the best in everyone…they try to be encouraging…they try to accentuate the good stuff.
Why do some of us view being positive ‘weird’? Why is it that positive people are resented? We almost seem to cheer when things go wrong for them!
Who’s weird now?
Instead, we should try to learn from positive people. Certainly, our world could use more ‘positive’ people!
The truth is that negative attitudes are easy to spread. Negativism is contagious. It takes no maturity, no self control, no faith, to be negative and pessimistic.
As a Christian, which should I be: Positive or Negative?
Well, let me think: I believe that God is real, He loves me, He sent Jesus to pay for my sin so that I could have Him a relationship with Him (in the here and now), and the hope of eternal life with Him in the future.
I have the truth of Romans 8:28 (and many others) being proven in my life every day. “…we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”
The real question is, ‘As a Christian, why wouldn’t I be positive?’
Why would I–a child of God, by the grace of God, be a negative, pessimistic, complaining, argumentative, or insulting person?
I can’t think of a single good reason…other than that we’ve allowed our world and our enemy and his forces to influence us too much.
We do know this: Jesus came to bring us LIFE–Full, Abundant, and Eternal LIFE! Our enemy comes to steal and ruin that life. John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they might have LIFE, and have it to the full!”
So, Christian: Which are you living out today?
Are you taking a ‘positive’ approach to the world, trying to be encouraging, gracious, optimistic and faith-driven–because of your faith? Or, are you taking a ‘negative’ approach to the world–pessimistic, complaining, crabby, and unforgiving?
There should be no doubt!
Read Romans, Chapter 8. Remember that God loves you and that NOTHING can separate you from that love!
Be positive about that!