You know, some of us just naturally see the glass as “half empty”.
If left to my own devices, often I tend to notice what’s wrong, give in to worry, or think and speak negativity. I must be a lot of fun to be around, huh?
Many have said they can’t believe I’d ever yell at my kids, say an unkind word, or have a negative outlook, but it’s partly because the introverted part of me helps me keep this “under wraps”. (I actually think I’m one of those ambiverts, but that’s another story.) In public I’m usually on my “best behavior”.
But sometimes my poor, unsuspecting family (and perhaps a close friend or two), see me at my “worst”…..which is not always particularly positive.
Not only is being a “negative” person no fun (for anyone involved), but it goes against everything I believe.
I’m not saying that if you’re a Christian nothing will go wrong….or that you should go around with a phony smile on your face pretending to feel happy (please, don’t do that!).
But we have a hope which should affect our thoughts, attitudes and words.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:8, NLT
I truly intend to think and speak in ways that are full of love, hope and goodness, but sometimes I need a little help.
Enter my “Life is Good” tee shirts.
Call them, “bumper stickers for people”, if you will. I like the fun and positive messages, even if they’re not theologically “deep”. They’re soft and comfortable (which helps with the positive feelings), and I’ve enjoyed wearing them now for years.
Wearing a shirt with a positive message like this is making a statement, both to myself and to those around me. It seems to express in a simple way the values I’m striving for…..even if I sometimes struggle to keep my attitudes and actions in check.
Now I’m not suggesting that wearing a shirt with a positive message will change your attitude in and of itself.
And there are plenty of more serious methods of dealing with a negative attitude (which sounds like a post for another day).
But a little visual reminder of what I believe and what I intend to be like can go a long way towards helping me to change. What we speak strongly affects our attitude and our actions.
So why not sport a cute shirt with a happy message??? (Or carry a happy, little pink drawstring backpack?)
I purpose to think, speak and act in a more positive way. I continue to ask God to help me to see things the way he does, to look for the best in every situation, and to help me to truly believe that my “life is good”.
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Do you ever have trouble seeing the best in things? What helps you to keep a positive outlook on life?