3 Ways to be Positive this Year
Like most of us, I too have been concerned about the news happening around us. These days it seems we cannot turn on the cable news without more reports about COVID death counts, businesses closing, riots inciting, election drama, or political unrest. Sometimes you can turn off the news and move on with your day, but I know for some of us this national news hits home. Maybe your loved ones are sick, and you need to move to care for them. Maybe you cannot work at your job and pay your rent because your child brought COVID home, and now the whole family is quarantined. Maybe you have disagreements with loved ones about what is right, and political differences isolate you.
I realize in some ways it is a difficult year, and when I write about having hope in Christ, I don’t take these concerns lightly. I know that we are all bearing more burdens than usual, and it is hard to find joy in those times.
Hard, but not impossible! I also know that finding joy in Christ is the only way to get through times like these. He is the Alpha and Omega, after all, so He knows what is going to happen, and he’s seen it all before. And I’ve read the end of the book. (SPOILER: good wins!)
So here are 3 ways to be positive this year:
- Set your mind on things that really matter -don’t be distracted!
Busy lives, upsetting news, obstacles in life – these can all be distractions from what really matters in life. Faith in Christ, His Gospel being known to others, the Love of God and others, family… All examples of things that really matter! Hold on to what matters. Distractions can lead you down a dark path if you let them. The Devil wants to harm your good heart – don’t let him!
“But if there is bitter jealousy or competition hiding in your heart, then don’t deny it and try to compensate for it by boasting and being phony. For that has nothing to do with God’s heavenly wisdom but can best be described as the wisdom of this world, both selfish and devilish… But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable”James 3:14-15, 17, TPT
- Know something greater is at work than what you see
It’s easy to get so caught up in what is happening right now. So easy to put all our hope in graduating, in getting that big job, in moving into that new home, in your business, in your relationships. Then when something goes wrong, it feels like all your hope is lost. But don’t loose hope! There is a greater purpose happening than what you can see now -but someday it will be clear! Hindsight is 20/20, right?
“So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called fulfill his designed purpose.”Romans 8:28, TPT
- Count your blessings – what are your grateful for?
An oldie but a goodie! I remember when I was little my mother told me, “Nicole, always remember there is someone less fortunate than you.” Isn’t that so true, though? We have so much to be grateful for.
“And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18
Do you remember the old hymn, “It is well with my soul?” Fellow blogger, James Watkins, has an excellent article about the author. It was a tragic story! Everyone connected with writing this song experienced horrific personal losses. And yet they could sing “it is well with my soul!” (link below! Check it out!)
Anchor yourself to the hope of Christ, no matter what happens. Always turn to Him for comfort, singing praises to him even when you are sad, and read His Word every day.