May
11
2009
2

Living Positive in a Negative World

While doing research for a future book I am considering writing… I came across this AWESOME post written by Kathryn Lang on her blog at Proverbs31Life.com. It was a great post, with easy step-by-step directions on how we can live life MORE positively… and I have posted it below for you all to read.

Enjoy!

It is possible to live a positive life even with negative people all around you. It is POSSIBLE, but it ain’t easy!!!!

I live with several negative people around me every day. I see the half full glass and they see the need to buy milk at incredibly expensive prices and paying out the ear for gas to get there (the scary thing is that I’m NOT exaggerating).

It would be easy to fall down to their level. Finding the good and positive in situations (and especially in people) is not always the fun way to live. Choosing to nag, complain and basically pass out blame like Pez is a much easier path to take. At least it seems to be easier.

The truth is that positive people live healthier, happier and longer lives. That’s what I want for my children. So I choose to see the silver lining no matter what the grumblers and complainers may see. I choose to see the rainbow and admire the colors and not complain about the rain. I choose to see that our needs are met and not complain that we don’t have a million dollars in savings.

It has taken me years to work out a system, but I have developed ways to protect my positive attitude from the negative forces that often surround me.

1. Avoid negative news, movies and television shows. The attitudes you put into your eyes and your ears will fester in your heart and eventually come out of your mouth. Guard your mind!

2. Give up trying to make the people around you be positive. Live your life the way you know it should be lived (putting God first, putting others second, and then looking out for yourself as well). They will eventually come around or run away.

3. Find at least one positive outlet for your life (like this blog :D ). You need to be recharged and lifted up or the negative forces will suck the life right out of you.

4. Make a decision to stay positive for the next hour – and keep doing it for every hour of the day. A little at a time does not seem like such a big hurdle.

5. Being positive does not mean being perky. It is okay to be upset about a situation or to even be sad (because of a loss or a pain). It is what you do with those emotions that make the biggest difference between a positive person and a negative person. Do you take out your emotions on the people around you or to you begin to look for things in your life that you are truly grateful to have?

It is all about choice. The life that I live and that I teach my kids can be the one that is healthy, happy and full of life or it can be one of clouds, complaints and darkness. It seems like a simple enough choice, but every day I watch as people around me choose the dark over the light.

Kathryn Lang, July 29, 2008



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Mar
19
2009
0

How to see the GOOD in EVERY Bad Situation (Really!)

In the United States where I live at… there is a time of year that we Americans enjoy (even more than Christmas and other holiday seasons). Can you guess what it is?

Tax Season!!! Yeaaaah!

Okay, so I was being pretty cynical and sarcastic when I made that remark… because we Americans HATE paying taxes… and now that I think of it, all of you who are

living in other parts of the world in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and are reading this… probably hate paying taxes too!

During this past week as I was getting my business taxes done, Mr. Positive (a.k.a. Daniel Wiafe) was feeling pretty negative and hateful towards “the Man”… because of the amount of time I had to spend in preparing all the forms, figuring out how much I had to pay to the government, and because the IRS audited me for the year 2007, saying I owed them $xx,xxx… when I really owed them about $500.

So yes, it was a bad situation… and yes, I was negative and somewhat vexed for a couple days… but I was reminded of a phrase that a young Israelite man in Egypt once said:

“Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of it. This was to keep many people alive, as He is doing now.” (Genesis 50:20)

This young man’s name was Joseph, and he was the second-highest in command in the Egyptian empire… behind the great Pharoah himself. This was quite an accomplishment for anyone… but the path that lead Joseph to that destination, was remarkable in it’s own!

Here is Joe’s story. As you read it, ask yourself if Joseph had a good reason to be mad and angry… at any point in the story:

Thirteen years previous… Joseph was a cocky 17-year-old teenager living in Israel, who was adored by his father… but hated by his brothers (who were jealous that their father showed more favor to Joseph, than them). Long story short, some of his brothers wanted to kill him… but one of Joseph’s older brothers convinced everyone else to just sell him to some slave traders… and tell the father that Joseph got killed and eaten by wild beasts.

So they sold him to some Egyptian slave traders and told the father that Joseph was dead and eaten by wild beasts. Did Joseph have a reason to be mad and negative? Yes he did.

The slave traders took Joseph and sold him to a well-to-do, influential man named Potiphar. God showed favor to Joseph even in that bad situation… and caused Joe to have favor with his master… to the point where Joseph was promoted to be in charge over all the servants in a short-time.

The problem for our hero, was that he was a young, strapping, handsome-looking fellow… and Mrs. Potiphar (the wife) liked what she saw… and came after Joseph sexually.

Joseph, being a man of God and a man of morals… denied her strong and aggressive advances, and it EVEN came to a point when Mrs. Potiphar bluntly demanded to the young man, “Sleep with me now”… and Joseph did what every single, young man in his predicament should probably do.

He RAN and didn’t look back!

In running away from Mrs. Potiphar, she grabbed and tore off his robe… and told all the other servants that the Israelite slave tried to rape her… and when her husband came home… his fury RAGED against Joseph, and he had the young man thrown into prison! Did Joseph have a reason to be mad and negative at this point? I imagine he did.

Joseph was thrown into prison… and again, being the favored man of God he was… he was shown favor by the head jailer of the dungeon. During his time behind bars… Joseph interpreted dreams for two of the Pharoah’s officials who were thrown into jail, and lo and behold… Joseph’s predictions came true for both of the men.

One of the men PROMISED Joseph, that if he ever got out… he would tell Pharoah about Joseph (and get him set free). The man got out of jail… but forgot about Joseph… and Joseph sat rotting in jail for TWO more years. Did Joseph have a reason to be mad and negative at that? You better believe he did!

Two years later… the Pharoah had a dream, and none of the wise men in Egypt could interpret it… and then the official remembered about Joseph’s special talent for interpreting dreams… and told Pharoah about him.

Pharoah was intrigued… and commanded Joseph to be brought up out of the dungeon, bathed and shaved. Joseph proceeded to interpret the King of Egypt’s dreams and this was the prediction:

“The land of Egypt will go through seven (7) years of plenty and abundance… and then after that, there will be seven (7) years of world-wide famine and drought. My advice to you is to find someone to collect all the grain and food during the 7 years of plenty… so that the people in the land of Egypt won’t starve to death during the 7 years of drought and famine.”

Who do you think Pharoah put in charge? He put Joseph, the former slave and the former prisoner in charge. He gave Jospeh a new name, a mansion, a beautiful wife, wealth, and put him at 2nd command over the ENTIRE Egyptian empire… if he would oversee the project of saving up grain during the 7 years of abundance, thus saving the land of Egypt from certain destruction!

Nice turn of luck for Joseph wasn’t it?

The seven years went by quickly, and enough food was saved up for Egypt and the surrounding lands. During the years of famine… people from all over Egypt and the world came to Joseph, who sold them grain and food to keep them alive. Amongst those who came, was Joseph’s brothers! And when Joseph’s brothers saw him, they didn’t EVEN recognize him…. can you believe it?

Here was Joseph’s BIG chance to get even with these worthless “scumbags” who sold him into slavery!

No, he didn’t take it there… because he would have been just as wrong as they were 13 years earlier.

He took them aside (after playing a few tricks on them) and what he told them in essence was this:

“Yeah, you meant evil and bad towards me because you hated me… but God knew what He was doing in the long run, because if I hadn’t gone through all the hell I went through… I wouldn’t have been promoted to Pharoah’s right-hand man, who is in charge of food distribution… and all of you brothers and the rest of my family would have STARVED to death. So yes, I am happy I went through my mess… because God brought something GOOD out of the bad situation you put me in!”

So basically, I began to turn my attitude around and get joyful and positive… yeah it stinks to have to deal with a bunch of tax headaches and hassles for the short-term… but I am glad that God has blessed me to even be able to bring in income, and not have to be tied down with debt, and not have to be confined to a 9 to 5 job, and to have a happy and a peaceful home, and to have a new baby on the way!

Whatever may be going on in your life that may be a negative situation, be thankful for it… and look for ways that God can use it to make you stronger, wiser, more faithful, and a better person through it.

Through every horrible and dark situation that affilicts us in life… there is always at least a little light and a little good that can come out of ANY situation… even if you lost your job, even if you lost your mind… and yes, even if you have lost a loved one!

God is good in ALL situations… and so His good, will always OUTWEIGH any evil… if you are able to look for it.

This week… look at the glass as half-full, instead of half-empty… walk in abundance, be blessed… and look for the GOOD, in every bad situation!

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Mar
13
2009
0

Taking Authority Over Your Emotions (The Anger Prayer)

Emotions are an area that many Christians don’t understand. Because of this, Believers often allow their emotions to lead them. As a result, emotionally-led decisions take them on a course that is out of the will of God for their lives.

While God gave every human being emotions, it is critical that we get control over negative emotions and subject them to the Word of God. Make these daily confessions so that you can subject your feelings to God’s Word and make the right decisions:

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me healthy emotions. I declare that negative emotions will not impact my decisions, neither will they dictate my responses to difficult circumstances.

I will submit my feelings to You in every situation that I encounter in life. You have given me authority over the power of the enemy, and I declare that nothing shall by any means hurt me, including people and situations that try to negatively influence my emotions.

When I feel overwhelmed by life, or troubled by negative emotions, like Jesus, I will pray and keep moving forward. I bind depression, anxiety, worry, fear, doubt, anger, rejection and any other negative emotion that tries to attack my mind. I possess power, love and a sound mind.

I thank You, Father, that I walk in peace, joy and the comfort of the Holy Ghost. I have the mind of Christ and my emotions are controlled by the Word of God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.



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