The Power of Being Positive


Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-38 ESV

Think about your day… now think about how many times you recognized the bad things that happened today. The weather was awful (in our area) so that’s something to bring you down… but what else happened? Did your work today go unrecognized? Did someone pull out in front of you on your way home? Did you want to cry when you saw how much groceries actually cost? Did you get a bill that you don’t know how you’re going to pay?

Now think back to all the good things that happened today? The simple, small, acts of kindness. Did someone let you in front of them in the grocery store because you had far less than they did in their cart? Was the woman (or man) in the drive-thru polite and kind to you? Did someone hold the door for you so you could get out of the rain faster? Did someone say “God Bless You” when you sneezed?

I know, for myself, if a tractor trailer pulls out in front of me or cuts me off and they have a “how’s my driving” sticker on the back of their truck, I’m the first person to call that number and complain. But when someone is genuinely doing a good job, I don’t bother picking up the phone to compliment that driver. Or when I go to get something to eat, and the waiter/waitress is unkind, I am the first to ask for a manger. But when they are genuinely great, I typically wont’ ask for the manager to compliment their service. This is a habit that I really need to break…

How many times in life do we focus on the negative rather than counting our blessings? The quoted message above tells about a woman that gave everything she had to the Lord, even in her poverty, she gave what she had. This scripture doesn’t seem to speak of a woman that focused her energy entirely on the negative things in her life, but rather trusted in the Lord enough to give everything she had to him.

I challenge you today (and this week) to focus on the positive things that happen in your day to day life… the little things. Start being thankful to the Lord and to the kind people that still exist in the world. And when someone is polite or kind, make sure to thank them. I promise you, if you put your focus on the positive thoughts and positive thing that happen, (no matter how small), eventually these things will build up and you won’t be able to put your time and energy into the negative anymore.

Prayer for this week:

Lord, let us not focus our energy on the things of this world that were intended to harm us. Rather, let us focus our eyes on you, the author and finisher of our faith. Help us to see the many great things you give us each and every day, so that in everything, we can be thankful.
Praise Song of the Week:
Chain Breaker – Zach Williams