Monday’s post was a slight repeat of a previous post. And today’s post will be a slight repeat as well.
Because this post and the last, not only does it bears repeating, but it’s very apropos for today and the world situation.
Turn on the news, go online, read a newspaper (Does anyone still do that?), or simply listen to the radio and you will be bombarded with negativity. Bad news. Doom and gloom.
The media only produces negative news; all they want you to see is the dark side of the moon. Filled with global warming, the virus, politics, violence, and so on.
Good and positive news has not stopped. No one can ban or stop positive news; it just gets pushed back and doesn’t make the front page.
And when we don’t see the positivity, we get caught up in the negativity. Negativity is controlling, it is so easy to look at the bad side of things than to try and find something to be positive about.
We look at the world, slowly going mad, and we shake our head, and say “something has to break.”
And then we crawl back into our hole of safety and do nothing. Alone and single-handedly, we can’t change the whole world. But, each of us has a very small world, it consists of our family, friends, neighbors, our town, and others.
That is our world, and if we see that it needs work, don’t say “boy, something needs to be done,” get up and do something.
Start spreading some positive vibes! And you might say, that’s impossible. Spreading some positive vibes is, number one; not going to do anything, and number two; it is not going to spread very far if only one person is doing it.
And I say, look how quickly negativity is spreading; like wildfire; wildfires start with a single spark, and soon it engulfs everything in its path. Negativity and positivity can spread the same way.
Martin Luther King, Jr once said
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
If we walk into a dark room and say “someone needs to turn a light on” and no one does, do we continue to stumble around in the dark, or do we take the initiative and turn the light on ourselves?
Darkness cannot drive out the darkness because we need light to do so. In the same way that we need the light of the sun to dispel the darkness of the earth, we need the light of the Son, Jesus to remove our spiritual darkness.
John 8:12 says,
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Jesus is the light of the world, and as Christians, His light is inside us, and it is our job to shine it. But,
unfortunately, we are inherently lazy people. We always expect someone else to do the dirty work because we don’t want to do it.
We see a task, as large as this one; spread some love and light, and we think “that is a waste of time in this day and age.”
But did Jesus think it was a waste of time? God didn’t, because He sent His only Son to earth for that very reason.
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Jesus was sent to save, to heal, and to forgive. He came and did what we would think of as an impossible task; show love and light to a sinful messed up world.
The world has not changed much since Jesus came to earth; if anything, it has gotten worse. So, the task has not changed. We still are the light of the world, and we must shine that light in a very dark area.
And like I said, we can’t take on the world, but we can take on our little world, and we can show the light of Christ, spread love and positivity, wherever we go.
But, how do we spread positivity? Here are three ways we can spread some happiness and light to our world.
1. Positive Thoughts – It all begins inside us; we can’t spread positivity if we are grumpy and ungrateful.
When you wake up in the morning, think one positive thought or be thankful for one thing. For me, I like to talk to God in the morning. Just to thank Him for a new day, and pray that I will have a productive and good day.
And then throughout the day, think positive thoughts; the sun is shining, breakfast was good, I got what I needed at the store, God is still in control no matter what the world might do or people might say.
Nothing can change God’s power and rule.
2. Spreading Positive Vibes – Every day there is a battle between happy and dull, fight the battle with smiles, kind words, and positive actions.
My Dad and I quote a line from a favorite movie if one of us is being negative, we say “why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves!?” or “enough with the negative waves!”
While we say it as a joke, the quote has a point. In life, we have two options, we can spread negative waves or positive vibes.
We are walking images of Christ. His light is inside us. And often we don’t do His image or light justice by our actions and words. If someone sees us complaining, whining, and over-all being a grump, will they say “wow, they are spreading the love of Jesus?” Or “wow, what a crank, stay away from that person?”
We can spread positive vibes by simply being happy and joyous people.
3. Positive Actions – They say actions speak louder than words, which I believe is true, and kind actions are the loudest.
My mom has a rule when we go shopping and when we standing in line at the checkout, if the person behind us has less than us, she will have them go ahead of us. That’s a positive action; being aware of your fellow man and being the good humans, we ought to be.
Say thank you to the checkout people, or bank teller, they may not want to be there or maybe they are having a bad day, giving them a smile and a positive vibe just might make it better. Or worse, but hey, you tried!
Instead of looking down when you walk into a store, look up, and smile at those people and say ‘hi’. You never know what will make a person’s day better.
In dark places, light always stands out. Where we live, we have miles and miles of country roads, no street lights.
When we drive at night, our headlights shine and illuminate a very narrow and small area. Light can have power over darkness because light stands out. We have a light inside us, and our job is to let it shine in a very dark world.
Because that light is the love, joy, and healing light of Christ.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…Matthew 5:14