Sucked into Negativity
So I was sitting in the normal spot that I retreat to for my morning quiet times. Quietly writing away and happily sipping my coffee when I look up and across from me is the recliner my husband usually sits in. Instantly that takes me back to a conversation from last night when I was sitting here on the couch, and he was sitting in the chair. The annoyance I felt at that time...which I hadn't thought of since...came flooding back to me. I started getting annoyed. Then it hit me how easily I can get sucked into negativity. My poor husband is in bed peacefully sleeping, and in my head I'm planning my retort on a conversation we had 12 hours ago and he has completely forgotten. I stopped myself right away and thought "I need to be thankful for my husband."
I've also been extremely negative about work. There are so many changes happening right now, and I'm ashamed to admit I have been trapped in negative thinking. Like "this is never going to work", "these changes are going to make things horrible", "the person who thought of these obviously don't know our job"...etc etc. Instead, I should be focusing on the positive (like I actually HAVE a job) and be thankful.
Sometimes I feel like such an Israelite. Read through the Old Testament and you'll see if anyone had the spiritual gift of complaining, it was them. I wonder if it is human nature sometimes to seek out the negative, and just wallow around in it. I wonder what a difference it would make if we stopped complaining, stopped being negative, and instead chose to be thankful.
I stumbled upon these verses:
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning
uh huh, ALL things. It doesn't say "try not to grumble"...nope, it says Don't.Do.It.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brother, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
Convicted yet? I sure am. I am thankful for my husband. He is a good man who spoils me rotten. We have our disagreements, but I can't expect perfection from an imperfect man...anymore than he can expect it from me. I need to be thankful for my job, that it's changing and it's not going anywhere.
Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, or order to bring praise to God.
1Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage one another and build each other up.
Hebrews 3:13 Encourage one another daily.
I know I need to stop myself when I start being negative, and speak the positive into the situation/conversation. Do you?