With the way the world is at the moment, it can be really hard to stay positive. However, it doesn’t have to be the world that is causing you to feel down, it could be how life is just at the moment for you, with health, family issues, or maybe joining two churches together, that is making it hard for you to stay positive. What I would like to do is to share some ways that you can stay positive, in the face of hard times.
Proverbs 11:27 says:
If you search for good, you will find favour; but if you search for evil, it will find you!
It is interesting that Scripture tells us that our attitude in the way we approach life, has a large factor to play in whether we stay positive or negative. Do you look for the positive in life and situation or are you more prone to find the negative? At times it is hard to look for the positive, but scripture reminds us that we can stay optimistic/positive not because of what we feel, not because of what we see, not because of the situations around us but because of what God says.”
One of the attributes of a positive person is that they have learnt how to be grateful in all situations. I am especially reminded of this when I see Christians worshipping around the world. I remember back to when I was in Haiti, and the immense joy and gratitude that the Christians had there, even though their church had been reduced to rubble by the earthquake. They still worshipped God with all their hearts, because “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
Reflecting on this I came to the realisation that “It’s not happy people who are grateful. It’s grateful people who are happy!” This is so true, but it also makes me wonder why all too often our churches are full of negative and unhappy people. I think it is because they have forgotten one of the most important parts of being a Christian. “Until Christ is all you have, you won’t realise Christ is all you need.”
One of the most wonderful thing about a person who has learnt how to be positive is that they have learnt the value of encouragement.
“Encouraging others is one of the most spiritual things you can do.”
Keeping that in mind, why not try being the encouraging person that God truly made you to be. You can do this by
Encourage others daily.
Encourage others spiritually.
Encourage yourself in the Lord.
Read the following scriptures about encouragement, to inspire yourself.
1 Thessalonians 3:2-3
In order to deepen your positive lifestyle, and outlook on life, we need to develop a spirit of generosity. Generosity is a verb, it has an action associated with it. It is not a passive thing , it implies that we are willing to get involved and do what is needed in a situation beyond what is expected. It is interesting to note, that the most generous people that I have meet are, by enlarge, not the ones with the most money, the nicest houses, or the expensive lifestyle accessories. They are the ones who give of themselves and their time and the possessions that they have. They do not give out of the excess, but from the everyday. This reminds me of the story of the widows giving in the temple, with a few small coins, she gave from what she had, not what she had left over.
As we look towards being a more generous and positive person, what practical things can we do? What is something that you can start, stop, or change this week in order to live more generously?