Have you ever been around someone who is negative and complains all the time? For most people, when you are around that all the time, it begins to wear on you. It will be subtle but you will begin to embrace that negativity and portray that on others.
Our family theme last year was gratitude and we had a major shift in our attitude just by showing appreciation for what God has done in our life. We have continued our emphasis on this by asking every night around the dinner table what we each are grateful for during the day. Our four year old is now asking us what we are thankful for if we don’t begin right away! She learned a song with the words “have gratitude in my attitude” which she loves to sing! We like it because is catchy enough to remember and refocuses our thoughts away from negative thoughts. Out of the mouth of babes, right?
A single negative thought can build upon itself and get out of control if we allow it to happen. Romans 12 has some great insight into this topic and Eugene Peterson renders it in The Message translation this way:
“Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
There is an inner transformation when our thoughts are submitted to God. This change can be brought to our outer world and help transform your kingdom. There is another passage that can bring about this revolutionary change in our heart as well. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 it states we should take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Our lives impact the outer world (our kingdom) directly in relation to the amount of our inner world that we have submitted to God.
“Ponder with your mind what God has already made your heart desire.”~Dwight Edwards from his book Revolution Within
It is tempting to let our culture drag us down. I like to use the analogy that it is easier to pull someone off a chair rather than pull them up to it. This is true about negativity as well. In this day and age, people in society are just not happy. As a result, they blame someone or something else instead of looking at themselves. It reminds us of the Michael Jackson song “Man In The Mirror.”
We must realize that our true contentment is with God by giving us a peace that only He can. He begins on the inside with our hearts. It all begins with there and moves outward to be more who He created us to be. And the more we become that person, the more we can have gratitude in our attitude.
Praying for each of you this week. Finally, I challenge you to go a whole day without saying anything negative. Don’t even think it!! I bet it will be difficult but at the end you will be a much happier person. If you can’t do a day, try just a few hours. But give it a try and let me know how it goes! It’s a great way to prepare for next week and Easter.
Have a wonderful week,