Wow – it has been almost three years since I wrote a blog but God nudged me yesterday that I should write today. I keep getting texts or messages from friends, family and acquaintances – “they tested Positive or Negative for Covid” and it just hit me yesterday – all the emotions. How would we all test in the world today with everything that is happening? Positive or Negative (not for Covid, but with our attitudes).
It seems that we have started focusing on the negative…its so easy – the isolation, the fear of getting sick or others getting sick, the sadness of life, the political mess that we are living in, people losing jobs, and so many other horrible things. It is easy to start focusing on all your ailments, frustrations, heartaches, fears that it is natural to go negative with your thoughts. Those extra pounds because I’m working too much, eating too much, exercising…well not too much…NEGATIVE – feeling stressed just thinking these thoughts…
I want to share that in my life when I focus on the POSITIVE instead – my life seems so much better. I am not saying don’t deal with all of the other emotions because they need to be dealt with but I am saying – try to find the positives in situations – even the worse situations. So how do you do that? So for me – I am such an extrovert and I love people so much! You would think that I would have gone nuts by now; because I have had little interaction with people outside my family – physically. However, because of the pandemic, I have had interaction with people across the nation virtually and am so excited about all the new relationships I have made and the contacts that have made such an impact on my life. I am smiling now because I made that into a positive thought – not a negative.
I have friends that have lost someone lately and I really didn’t have words to give them. I wanted to make things all better – to soothe their pain. How can there be anything positive when you lose someone – focus on the time you had with them – the memories you shared, the LOVE and the bond that will always be there. OR focus on how devastated you are – how could God do this to you…how can you survive without them….it makes me sad and stressed just typing those words.
There is a Time for everything – a time to be positive and a time to be negative. With everything in our world right now – I hope that I can inspire you to find the Positive. My high school annual we used Ecclesiastes 3 – A Time for Everything for the theme of our annual and this passage always means so much to me. What is the time for you?
Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
So, asking for a friend….did you test Positive? (Not COVID!!!!!)
Praying that not only will we find the positives in our life but will inspire, encourage and lead others to find positive and we can provide a SPARK* to all around us.
*SPARK is my word of the year and I will be sharing a blog on that soon!
What a great day!