Combatting Negativity

Posted: February 24, 2016 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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One of the outcomes of misused imagination is negativity. Rather than sanctified imaginations, we begin to imagine all that can go wrong. We imagine what people think of us. We imagine what people think of our work. We imagine responses that never have and never will happen. If we’re not careful, we can bring these thoughts into the real world and they can make us very negative. To be clear, there are enough negative things that can actually happen in our lives without us imagining more things to add on. Negativity is a fairly easy thing to lapse into and extremely hard to get out of, but once again negativity is imagination misused.

Scripture tells us the way out of this destructive pattern. We read “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” This then is the key. Once again, it’s a matter of taking negative thoughts captive before they become a pattern. Some of us really need to repent of negativity. We need to learn to see the positive possibilities rather than the negative ones.

Now that’s not to say a negative thought can never be helpful. If you can truly see no good coming out of an action (especially if that action is sinful or even questionable) than that negative thought can lead you to a positive choice. For the most part, though negativity is a trap designed to keep you from doing the very positive things you were placed in this world to do.

At the end of the day, negativity is combatted with truth. Imagined outcomes may be possible, but they are not at this point truth. Seek God’s truth and act upon it, remembering that even a negative outcome may lead to something very positive. We can always depend on truth, but the heart is deceitful above all things. Trust God, praise Him in all things, and move forward in positivity. With God all things are possible and in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. Good or bad, God’s got this.

Stay positive.

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