Negativity can make me sick. It seems to catch on like a virus. Before I know it, the critical attitude from another person can overtake me. At times, I have found myself walking around spouting my own negativity without realizing what has happened. It may be a tiny word or a facial expression that becomes like a spark that ignites… Soon it’s like a wild fire spreading over a field or forest. An entire office at work… An entire family at home…an entire Sunday school group can be overtaken by it. Then, anger, dissension and bad attitude prevails.
But from another viewpoint… When I meet or get around people with genuine joy and peace, the same thing happens, but for the good. Its more like a ripple effect… as a pebble is dropped into water and tiny waves calmly go out hitting anything in its path. Soon that small ripple becomes a wave and continues to create more and more of them. The difference, though…These are waves of peace, happiness and joy that also consume, but with a love that grows and overflows. I want to be a part of that. It reveals the heart of Christ in me.
Heavenly Father, I want to live a life of ripples. I don’t want to be one who’s burning negativity engulfs those around me. I want the calmness of tiny waves to put out the flames of negativity. Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit… It’s a continual source of honesty, love, and joyful ripples. Thank you for those people you put in my life who are full of your positive love. Please remind me daily that I have no reason to be negative because nothing bad comes from you…please remind me to be positive. Reveal the heart of Christ in me.
In Jesus’ name, amen.