There’s a lot of negativity online these days. I’d like to say I’m not part of the problem, but that would be a lie. I comment on negative posts all the time. Only recently did I realize how angry it was making me. The sad part is a lot of Christians are the ones doing the sharing.
Philippians 4:8 tells us that whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. I am making a concerted effort to only share and post on stories with a positive message. It’s been hard because I tend to like to respond to those articles I disagree with, but I am getting better at it.
The more negativity we put in our lives, the more strife we bring into our minds and homes. The more joy we fill our lives with, the happier we will be. It’s a fairly easy solution. Unfortunately, too many people seem to like the drama.
If you were determined to get enjoyment out of every moment, you would learn to do whatever it took. What it takes is not listening to negative thoughts, yours or anyone else’s. Disregarding negative thoughts isn’t hiding our head in the sand, but simply not allowing the negative to clutter and influence over our experience of the present moment. – Gina Lake, author
We need to push the negativity from our lives in order to have a close relationship with God. There is no room for negativity when He’s in your house. You should only be filled with joy. And the best way for that is to fill your mind with joyful things.
I’m going to keep trying to only post positive things on my social media sights. Hopefully it will not only keep me from being so negative, but others as well. And if need be, I’ll remove myself from those who only put negative stories out there, whether they be Christians or not.
How about you? What do you find yourself posting or remarking on most on social media? Do you find it gives you peace or anger? Just let me know in the comments below.
Also, if you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pray for the situation.
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Playing the Victim
A lot of us have issues. Some live with illness, some have a lot of stress in their lives, and there are those who hate their jobs. Too often these days, people complain about everything, and they refuse to take responsibility for any of their decisions.
I’m in debt, through every fault of my own. I’m the one who ran the credit cards up, yet others will blame the fact that they don’t make enough money. The reason you’re in debt is that you spent more than you made. You lived beyond your means, so did I. If you need more money, get another job or get a job that pays more. It’s that simple.
Jesus himself could have played the victim quite easily. After all, His friends deserted him, those who He healed disappeared, and though He’d committed no sin, He was the one punished. So many times He could have blamed others for His situation, yet He didn’t. Instead, He turned to God for His answers.
Luke 5:16 tells us that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. And we should do the same. Whether the situation is our fault or the fault of another, we should always turn to God for answers and peace.
The problem that we have with a victim mentality is that we forget to see the blessings of the day. Because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished. – Steve Maraboli, author
The more we play the victim, the less we feel God’s joy. Jesus is the only way to stop our pain and to help us face our issues head-on. He can help you overcome debt, erase stress from your life, and find peace during a serious illness. All you have to do is pray and rely on God.
The old “why me” complaints need to be buried. With God’s help, you can overcome anything. Right now, I’m working with Dave Ramsey’s plan. I know I’ll eventually see the end to my debt. You can overcome your obstacles also. In time, you’ll realize that all that complaining and stress you put yourself under is behind you, and only good days lay ahead.
If you or someone you know are in need of prayer, please let me know, and I will be happy to pray for them.