Several years ago my wife and I found ourselves crushed under the weight of other people’s problems. However, the crushing pressure did not come from an increase in ministry drama. The pressure came from our own habit of negativity. We found ourselves constantly looking at and talking about the bad things and slowly but surely hope was swallowed up by stress. An old preacher once said:
“When you have a negative spirit, every comment is a criticism, every rule is oppressive, and every no is taken as a hatred of your happiness.”
So, we decided to always follow up a criticism with a positive. We decided to fight for the bright side. We decided to start looking for the good, to assume the best, and to focus on hope instead of despair.
The result? FREEDOM.
I believe that constant negativity is a horrible cancer that crushes dreams, stifles creativity, and slows down forward momentum. I don’t know about you, but I want to be on guard against the burden of negativity. Guard your heart from the burden of other people’s problems by staying away from negativity. This doesn’t mean that you don’t help people. This doesn’t mean that we don’t bear one another’s burdens. It means that we choose hope over despair.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23