It is very easy to turn on the news or social media and find terror and fear. I feel like negative emotions are so easy to gravitate towards that they can sometimes become our default. When I wake up, I must remind self to be patient, or caring, but I never have to remind myself to get angry or stressed. Honoring the Lord with our thoughts and emotions takes effort.
Easy to Find
My mom always had a saying, “If you can’t find anything nice to say. Then don’t say anything at all”. I think this is a policy I must adapt into the way I feel about things. When something happens there are many ways we can respond, but what do we choose? Do we choose the response that is uplifting and pleasing to the Lord? Or, do we choose the easy option of becoming angry or upset.
What We Need to Look For
In the book of Colossians Paul is telling the people what the life of a Christian looks like. He is telling them to put on righteousness and put to death the negative thoughts and emotions of this world. Colossians 3:15-16 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”. There is a word said twice in this passage that I want to highlight, “thankful”. Paul is telling the church at Colossae what it means to live like Christ, and part of this is a spirit of thankfulness. This does not mean we are only thankful in the good times, but thankful in all circumstances.
The World is in a time of panic and confusion. The easy thing to do is find things that are wrong, or ways your life has been negatively affected by Covid 19. However, Paul would have something else to say. He is writing Colossians from a prison cell telling the people to be thankful. In the worst situations Paul was still thankful for all the Lord had given him. In the same way I challenge you this week to look around you and instead of seeing the negative, thank God for all that you have.