The past couple of weeks, we’ve been thinking about the spirit of negativity, which says “I dare not believe the best, so I will expect the worst.” One thing is certainly true about this kind of thinking, it will pick your friends for you.
Let’s face it, the majority of us are surrounded by people who live and think the way we do. When we begin to live from a place of defeat, it has this snowball effect on our whole life. It begins to permeate every aspect of our life, from the way we speak, to what we listen to and watch, to the people we spend the majority of our time with. And suddenly, it’s not just our inner life that’s feeding our negativity, but it’s our surroundings as well. This is always true: whatever we are surrounded with gets on us. If we are surrounding our self with negativity, it will just feed the inner defeat. This is why the Word of God, and renewing our mind with it, is so so important.
We are called to live in this world, but we are not called to be of it. Jesus spent time with God and His disciples, and then He spent time in the world. While we cannot become fearful of becoming unholy by spending time with people who do not value Jesus’ way of life, we do need to make sure we are recharging ourselves in the presence of Truth so that we can carry that with us wherever we go (instead of the carrying the world’s standards with us). A good measure of if we’re becoming negative is how critical we are of positive people. 🙂 When we’re negative, we tend to become more and more critical of positivity and a hope-filled outlook. How do you feel about positive people today? 😉
There’s just something about negativity that has a way of sabotaging our future, and the future of the things we are involved with. Negativity truly not only destroys the present, but it puts limitations on our future as well. Let’s be honest, when we can’t see straight, have been defeated before we even start and our surrounded by people who are the exact same, the likelihood of succeeding at the things God has called us to are significantly diminished, not to mention the things that our future holds which are still unbeknownst to us. I don’t know about you, but my interactions with people today definitely influence my future involvement with them. Let’s not let negativity negate all that God has done, and is doing, in our lives and communities for today, nor tomorrow.
If we want our communities to be places where people can come to be infused with the hope and the reality of heaven, it is our responsibility to deal with our own inner life and being. The best antidotes to the toxicity of negativity are these three things: 1) intentionally renewing our minds with God’s Truth, 2) dealing with our own souls and 3) making sure we are surrounded with people who will encourage us to do this.
My prayer for us this week is that we will each continue to flush out any of the negativity that has managed to lodge itself somewhere deep within us so that nothing is diminishing the light of Christ shining out of us.