Nipping Negative Reactions
Have you noticed how easy it is to react in a negative manner when something negative happens in your life? Doubt may creep into your thoughts and cause you to question God and His Word. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Samuel Hearne was an adventurer who took an expedition to the mouth of the Coppermine River. He recorded that a few days after the journey was started, Indians stole most of the expedition’s supplies. What was the explorer’s comment on the theft? Surely he must have been upset and distressed about so great a loss. Not so! The optimistic Hearne wrote: “The weight of our baggage being so much lightened, our next day’s journey was more swift and pleasant.”
Remember, negative reactions only make a bad situation worse. Choose to look for the bright side of problems this week. Keep tabs on the results of your optimistic outlook. You might also want to keep a record of how your perspective is changed.