You won’t be able to hide from it.
You won’t be able to avoid it.
You won’t be able to run from it.
I promise you, no matter how hard you try, it will still be there.
I assure you, before this day is over — this NEW day of a NEW year — you’ll hear it. You’ll hear it in your family grumbling. You’ll hear it on the news and see it in the magazines. Perhaps the loudest voice you hear is your own.
You know what I think ‘strong’ looks like?
Strong is being surrounded by negative remarks, but still refusing to participate.
Strong is turning every corner and hearing the complaints and whining of others, but still not letting them discourage you.
Strong is finding the good. Strong is seeing the good. Strong is being the good, and being willing to point it out.
Strong is refusing to be like all of the negative people in this world. Strong is refusing to be people.
You know, God calls us to many different avenues in life. He calls us to be pastors, chefs, teachers, politicians, and even mailmen. He calls us to do life with many people, and He calls us to give up relationships closest to us.
He calls us to leave home, and He calls us to build up what’s been broken.
But you know what’s amazing about this life we get to live? We get a choice in how we decide to live it.
We can wake up everyday and assume the worst will happen. We can assume that our country will progressively get worse and discuss that hours on end. We can vent to our family and friends about the person who ‘ruined’ us or destroyed our lives. We can talk about our biggest regrets and biggest mistakes. We can talk about how awful and unbearable certain people and situations are.
Or we can talk about how blessed we are. We can talk about how wonderful the people in our lives are. We can tell those same people how wonderful they are. We can find the good in our still free country and discuss that God is still in control even in the chaos. We can talk about the people who make us better and how we’ve grown to be who we are today, because every mistake is a lesson. We can find the good the second we wake up and assume the best for tomorrow when we close our eyes at night.
We can do that.
I can do that.
You can do that.
It’s really not difficult. It’s just a decision. It might make people stare. To be honest, it might make people feel awkward, because pointing out the good in people isn’t a normality anymore. I’ll take awkward over negativity any day.
The best part?
There’s something else you won’t be able to hide from.
There’s something else you won’t be able to avoid.
There’s something else you won’t be able to run from.
And I promise you, no matter how hard you try, it will still be there.
It’s your choice this year. It’s your decision. You can choose to be like everyone else and conform your thoughts, words, and actions to the negativity that seems so impossible to ignore.
Or you can choose to see the good, everyday. Regardless of what everyone around you is doing. Regardless if people hurt you and ridicule you. Regardless if your job, relationship, or even this country is questionable at times. You still have the power to decide for yourself what kind of life you will live.
One that focuses on the negative or one that chooses to see the good.
Good will never happen to those who can’t even recognize it.
People will find every reason to find negativity acceptable.
Simple enough, don’t be people.
Tell me something good.