Thursday, December 11, 2008

Negative / Positive

I got myself really worked up yesterday and again this morning. Just totally ticked off and about to write a scathing blog about a few things.

So, I started typing. And the more I typed, the more I looked up scripture, the more I thought and prayed about it, the less desire I had to write.

I took the dog outside, toasted some homemade bread, got a Diet Mt. Dew and came back upstairs to delete the post.

The funny thing is, I had gotten really upset over all of the negative news happening in the world this morning as well. So, what I wanted to do was add to that? Ummm ... nope.

Negativity comes so easy. We're quick to criticize, label, rant, point out problems and differences. One of the most difficult things is to become a positive influence in someone's life.

I had a friend (well a few) in junior high and high school that would not have necessarily been called a good influence in my life. But, I had a great mom. She believed that I could be a positive influence in their lives. She had confidence that I was a strong enough individual to hold my own against the negative impact that they might bring to the relationship. When her friends would comment on my relationships, she told them she wasn't worried. And she wasn't. I thank her for that belief in me.

So, my positive thought for today comes from Isaiah 40:31, "...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


Anonymous said... of your mom's favorite scripture verses, right? Good for you for not ranting - but, you have to know I enjoy those, too! :-)

Fran said...

I'm sorry for adding to your "negative" world yesterday, but thankful all the same that you allowed me to rant and rave. I needed you and you understood. I cannot begin to tell you how much you helped.

I am so thankful for you my friend and I love you. I PROMISE today's conversation will be filled with joy and hope.

Love ya,