BE POSITIVE
by Roy Todd

Let’s suppose that life for you is pretty decent 90% of the time. How do you measure this? Well, let’s say you have reasonable health, a good community around you, potential & opportunity before you, a roof over your head and food on your table…plus a whole lot more besides. Sure, there are some challenges too…but everybody has these. Yet, if it’s true that life is fine 90% of the time, then it begs the question – why do so many people carry negative vibes 90% of the time? It doesn’t make sense.

Negativity is manifested through things like…cynicism, suspicion, gossip, complaining, nastiness, insecurity, backbiting, poor behaviour, mean spiritedness, a sense of entitlement, complaint & criticism, joylessness and a refusal to celebrate what’s good in others. See, negativity feels better about itself when it is putting others down.

Proverbs 11:27 says ‘If you search for good, you WILL find favour; but if you search for evil, it WILL find you’. In other words, you WILL get what you’re looking for. So…what are you looking for?

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the negative culture that so pervades our society today. How many offices are filled with nasty gossip? How many work places are steeped in a culture of complaint? How many times have you seen vile abuse on social media that is unfair and unjust? Yet so often, we just go along with it because we assume these negative vibes are normal. But for a person of faith, this is NOT normal. Faith can never thrive in an atmosphere that is negative.

Truth is, God has called us to be different. This means he wants us to challenge the ‘norm’ by showing HIS norm.

If I could get alongside you and encourage you in this season of your life, then I would strongly advise you….BE POSITIVE. This is the baseline from where you will learn to thrive. It doesn’t mean you won’t have challenges and tough times. But it does mean that you check your attitude in the midst of challenging times. See, you can’t always control your circumstances. But you CAN control your words….always.

Words are powerful because they set the atmosphere over your life. Proverbs 18:21 puts it this way: “The tongue has the power of life and death”. This means you have the power to speak life and hope – or doom and dispair. It is completely your choice. My encouragement to you is…don’t be negative. Be positive, relentlessly and incessantly, whether you feel like it or not. It will radically change the vibe in you and around you…and that’s exactly what your world needs.