Focusing on the positive…

From the moment we wake up in the morning, the world seeks to flood our senses with negativity. The radio and television broadcasts the sinister and evil aspects of life, giving coverage to chaos and death rather than revealing a shred of light in the darkness. Family members, coworkers, pastors and church members, the guy who bumped into you on the sidewalk; they all bellow negativity into your world and if you allow it, your voice will join the dark durge of depression and doubt. 
  
We can’t stop the flood, but we can choose how it will affect us. In the face of such negativity it is difficult to stay positive, but our reaction to life’s circumstances and struggles is determined by our choice of attitude: positive or negative. It’s hard to lose your job and stay positive. It’s hard to lose a loved one and stay positive. I’m not talking about ignoring feelings of loss and mourning, which are normal and have their appropriate place in our hearts and lives. No, I’m talking about choosing a mindset focused on positive

I’m reminded of an old hymn. WAIT! Don’t stop reading! I promise that I won’t sing. See: no sound bite or video clip. Just read and consider the mindset advocated. 

Count Your Blessings
By Johnson Oatman, 1897

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

I know I talk a lot about faith and about Christ and I will never apologize for that. For those reading this who don’t believe in God or Jesus, I ask you to consider why that is. Why do you not believe? Jesus promises a constant presence in our lives here on Earth, and eternal life in heaven once we have passed on from this life. 

“”Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (‭‭John‬ ‭14:1-6‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

A bit preachy? Maybe, but just think about it. Make the choice to see the positive. Make the choice to believe in Christ. 

  

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Author: RSGullett

R. S. Gullett is a proud alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University and currently teaches United States history at a community college in Houston, Texas. As a historian, he loves to mingle the historical with the fantastical and places an emphasis on faith in all his writing. His faith in Jesus Christ is very important to him and this often becomes evident in his writing. He is not perfect, nor does he pretend to be; but hopes that sharing his faith might inspire others to give their hearts to Christ. He and his wife currently live in Houston, Texas.