“I grew up around people who were negative,” Stan began.
“And it really impacted my entire outlook. My dad didn’t say much, but what he did say was usually something negative about other people and about life in general.”
Continuing, Stan said, “I kind of thought that was the way to live this life.”
“You are not like that now,” I responded. “What’s the difference?”
“God.” Stan replied. “And it continues to be God.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“As I have mentioned before,” Stan said, “becoming the person I am intended by God to be is a process, a maturing process.”
“As I get self out of His way and surrender to who and what He wants, the old passes away.”
“That is what is happening with my tendency to have a negative outlook. And I mean ‘happening’ not ‘happened.’”
“I can either choose to continue to look at everything from a negative standpoint, or I can choose to allow God to open me to see the positive, and to be positive. To see and to be.”
“Negative thinking is a real downer. It impacts everything. It can turn a beautiful day into an ugly one. Why would I want to choose that when I am given the option to think otherwise?”
“There is a real peril to negative thinking, and God is showing me that peril as I walk more closely with Him.”
“In essence, He is saying to me that other people need a bright spot. Why not be one?”
He who has a crooked mind finds no good. Proverbs 17:20.
If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Prayer: Lord, you know all about my tendency to think negatively about other people and about life in general. I know that is not your will for me; and I know that you have provided all I need to get away from that kind of thinking. I claim all you have for me in this regard. Please, Lord, move in me to help me be a bright spot of positive outlook to make whatever difference you want. Amen.