Many times in life, perhaps for some it’s daily, we get a bit discouraged about something or another. We might get discouraged after an argument with our spouse. We might get discouraged because despite our best, our child may be going astray. We might get discouraged because someone on our job is raising hell, and for some reason, you are being blamed for it. We might get discouraged that it seems that no matter how hard you save, something goes wrong and you are constantly paying for something to get fixed. When life throws so many curve balls, it seems like the norm to give in and stay in a place of discouragement. The great thing is, you don’t have too.
I often tell people that you can always turn a negative into a positive. And the reaction I normally get is, “I’m not like you. That doesn’t work for me. I’m not upbeat like you.” My response is always that I wasn’t always as upbeat as I am now. Did I always deep down have hope that things would get better? Yes. Did I always stay in a place of positivity? No. I would encourage others, but yet I couldn’t pull myself out of it. I realized one day why this was the case. It was because my eyes weren’t fixed on Christ, and Christ alone. I needed to get an eye exam with God, so that I could see clearly. People still think it’s not that easy. Here are some verses to encourage you that it is:
Jesus, looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. ~Hebrews 12:2-4
Jesus died, so that we can have life, and life more abundantly. He knows that you will be faced with hardships, but He also knows that He is with you, strengthening you and encouraging you. Flipping the negative into a positive involves staying in a place of thankfulness and knowing it is possible with God. For example, if you and your spouse had an argument, you can thank God that you have a voice, thank God that you have a spouse, thank God that you can pray and ask Him for wisdom, thank God that you can forgive your spouse, or ask your spouse for forgiveness. You can even simply thank God for another opportunity to do more in your marriage. So if you want to flip any situation, find something to be thankful for, and you don’t have to look very far. And if you think there is nothing, thank God that Jesus died on the cross for you. This will have you smiling and shouting for joy! There is always something to be thankful for. I’m praying for you.
Smile and be a blessing!