Christians are called to examine their lives and, at the same time, stay positive in life despite living in a negative world. As they should know, life in this world is just a preparation for the afterlife or the world to come. Therefore, a Christian should always rejoice, pray incessantly, and give thanks at all times (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Here comes the most important question: How should a Christian stay positive in this life? One will need to apply the following smart habits to allow an air of positivity into their life:
In this negative world, you know what to do. Reflect on Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Let James 1:2-3 help you build a positive outlook in a negative situation: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
All you need is a moment to open up to someone who would listen. You can approach a friend or family member that you can trust, visit a counsellor, see your minister, or else join a support group. Pray to God that He send someone who can console you and provide wise guidance in your affliction.
There are ways you can do to add positivity in someone’s life today. This includes:
Somebody needs you and you know it. Scripture reminds Christians to encourage one another: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Key Points to Consider When Embracing Change in Your Life
Most often Christians feel the need to change only when they encounter trials in life. This is good as trials are opportune time to embrace change. Let us welcome trials as we embrace change. If ever a Christian feels the trial is forced upon them by unforeseen events or circumstances, they just need to open the Holy Bible and read Joshua 1:9: Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Christians should think of trials as perfect moment to realign their life with the teachings of the Holy Bible. Spiritual pruning is more like it: Prune old habits, old self, old thinking to grow as a (re)new(ed) person. Every day is an invitation to embrace change, but how should you, a Christian, embrace change? Here are three key points to consider:
Whatever success you enjoy right now, make it a point to share it with loved ones and give thanks to the Lord. Whatever problems you experience right now, don’t keep it to yourself. Open up to other people and to the Lord. That way you can receive consolation and erase your grief and move forward in life.
Strive to create a meaningful relationship with everyone as you do not live for yourself.
Let go of envy and jealousy and judge yourself not according to the standards of other people or of this world but of the Scripture. You fight a different battle, one that is yours. As you embrace change, find comfort in Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Every trial is a season for change. It presents us a chance to redeem ourselves and prove ourselves worthy before the Lord. Rather than allow trials to bring the worst in us, we Christians should strive for the very best.