Trapped in Negativity?

Whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think about these things.

-Philippians 4:8

We just celebrated Thanksgiving, a day that we as a nation in the United States have set aside to be thankful. Now that the holiday and the ensuing weekend is over, I am left parched, thirsty to see people who are actually thankful.

Over the course of the weekend I was surrounded by such complete negativity: people complaining about the weather; my co-workers complaining about donor’s who came to give of themselves on the holiday; my nephew verbally abusing his mother over a request for a favor to name just a few.

I wish I could say that it is just one weekend, but that seems to be the way of the world. This morning I pulled open my Bible and found this verse from Philippians. I desperately needed it to pull me out of the despair I was in.

Today, I want to ask you, what do you do to combat such overwhelming negativity?


  1. I do my best to walk away from it. It’s hard to do. Pray for those who bring us down — also hard to do at times. Pray for the strength to tolerate the the ones who rob the joy we struggle to find within a world that strives to condition us to


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