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Leave the Negative Behind

October 9, 2015, 2:28 PM

If you let it, negativity will upset your day, ruin your attitude and wreck your life.

In today’s world it can certainly be difficult to maintain a positive outlook.  Negativity seems to lurk around every corner.  Violence, wickedness, poverty, racism, and calamity all have weighed heavily in the news in recent days.  

It is often nearly impossible to even check the news for a weather report without getting some negative news story thrown in.  Even if we could escape without being assaulted by such a story, we often find the weather is not what we wanted.  Either the weather is too hot, too cold, dry, wet or windy.  

Sometimes it seems that no matter what we face we see the negative and that is all we see.  

Negativity steals our zeal, our passion and our motivation if we let it.  It will change our attitude, our language and our lives.  But it will also infect all those around us.  Our negative attitudes will spread like a brush fire through out all who surround us.

How do we rid ourselves of negativity?  I am glad you asked because it is time we left the negative behind.

1. Fix your eyes on Jesus and ask him to open our eyes to all that we are blessed with - count your blessings

2. Ask Him to shield you from that which would take our focus off of Him.  I am not talking about sticking our head in the sand and ingnoring reality but rather asking God to affect our reality by affecting our perspective.  - find Him in the midst of the storm

3. Surround yourself with those that are going to strive to leave negativity behind.  Avoid prolonged exposure those who refuse to do so.  Nothing will drag you back into the darkness of the negative faster than a negative person.

4.  Focus on the good, the wholesome and pure.  Via the music you listen to, the tv you watch and what you read.  

5.  Replace those negative things with God’s Word.  Particularly the Psalms.

6.  Trust God, Believe God and turn to God - there is not a negative thing about Him. 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.