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Mr. & Mrs. Negative 8/29/2020 11:00 AM

It’s amazing how often I’ve experienced one thing that changes my mood, thoughts or how I see the world. Think about it for a minute. Life is planned and it couldn’t be better. Then it happens…someone says something or something happens and my entire mood or perspective changes. It takes one thing to change my perspective.

Recently I read an article/devotion from Sam Rainer in which he stated, “Every negative word has the power of one hundred positive words.”

Let me paint it a different way, 1 piece of discouragement = 100 pieces of encouragement!

I honestly had never thought of negativity as that much of a game changer. Sure I knew it wasn’t helpful but I feel like I need it sometimes. I need to vent, point things out and use my voice to keep some sanity, right? Well, I’m pretty sure I’ve been living that way but after reading that quote, my mind has been consumed with thoughts and questions. Is it really possible that a single piece of discouragement, one thing can change my perspective?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This verse is a message of hope but all too often it’s received as unbelievable to those hearing it. Why? Too much negativity (doubt, opinions, information) changed our perspective of God and His message. One thing changed our perspective about the good things. If it takes 100 pieces of encouragement to make up for 1 piece of discouragement, think of how much more we need when we have 10, 20, 50 or more pieces of discouragement in our life. We are overrun, just trying to get by and we miss His message of hope. It’s amazing how often I’ve experienced one thing that changed my perspective. I can do better and He expects more.

Will you continue to be Mr. or Mrs. Negative? Will you allow them to influence your perspective? Or will you commit today to having a more positive approach? It just may be the difference in how believable God’s message is.

Until we ALL see each other again.

Pastor Chad

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