That’s when things changed. It happened one morning during my devotions and I read this passage from Philippians 4: 4-9:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
This passage made me remember a story I heard of a negative man speaking to another man. The negative man became upset that the man he was talking to was not getting angry or even listening to what he was saying. The calm man turned to the negative man and simply said, “If someone gives you a gift and you refuse it, whose gift is it?” A simple question yet profound. You see if I refuse a gift then it is still in the givers hand. It is still theirs to have and to hold. The gift is theirs to keep/own. It is the same when it comes to negativity. We can choose to receive it from the influences and people around us or we can refuse it. We do this by rejoicing in the Lord always and by not being anxious about anything. God is at hand and he will provide peace! That is our gift as we lift our concerns and cares to Him in prayer and supplication and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!
Do you feel the pull of negativity? Do not accept it! What can you rejoice in today?