“Don’t Be An Eeyore”

Sunday morning before church, I was thinking about how people have different outlooks and mindsets about their lives. I am, from time to time, in the company of people who just don’t seem to be able to be happy about anything. Recently, it was someone I had never been around before, but this person just put a damper on everything. I suppose at many times in my life I have been that way as well, but I always try to not let it get the best of me. Going through the moments of anxiety and depression that I have faced, I have learned that a good attitude is essential for my well-being. Sometimes I fail (ahem…last night) but I really try my best. It’s hard for me at times to be around people whose attitudes could potentially bring me down. Not to say that I’m not there to listen if someone has a problem or needs help, but those in general who have a lot but can’t seem to be thankful for it.

During our Sunday School lesson at church this weekend, we discussed this very topic. We were asked if we, or people around us, were Eeyores or Poohs? As we all know, Eeyore is the sad, little donkey in the beloved Winnie the Pooh books who is the only guest at his own little pity party, day in and day out. He never has anything positive to say about himself and is quite the pessimist. Pooh on the other hand, is lovable, caring and always there with the right words. He advised Eeyore once to not just sit in his corner of the forest feeling sorry for himself…to go out and seek people and ultimately find things to be grateful for.

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An “attitude of gratitude” (thank you Sharon Dunn) can change anyone’s outlook. Yes, life is hard sometimes but if you were to sit down at the end of every day and count the blessings before you and imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have those blessings, how much more grateful would you be? God has blessed you in many ways. If you are reading this, you are alive. Blessing! If you are reading this (even with glasses on) you have your eyesight. Blessing! If you had shelter from today’s rain…Blessing! If you ate breakfast, lunch, dinner…Blessing! If you spoke to someone today, spent time with someone today, went to work, drove your car instead of walked, said I love you, heard I love you…Blessing!

Thank God every day for what you have and He will bless you in so many ways. Changing your attitude to one of thankfulness, will draw people to you, not make them want to turn away. It will show on your face, in your walk, your conversations, everything you do. As Joyce Meyer says, “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”

Choose to be thankful today. Start with thanking God, then thank others around you for all that they do for you. Don’t just sit in your little corner of the forest…

and don’t be an Eeyore!

Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known
throughout the earth – Isaiah 12:5

“Just Imagine”

I never watch the news anymore. There’s just too much being reported that will depress even the most “glass-half-full” kind of person. I turn on the computer and try to avoid the headlines on my home page but sometimes they get my attention and then I regret reading them.
Obviously the media doesn’t want to report the better side of the news because sadly people seem to be hungry for the most outrageous, disheartening, sad, crazy story that the news reporter can come up with. What does this say for our world? We wonder why people create insane situations and commit the most heinous of crimes. But when this is all we are fed, how could it be otherwise?
It’s heartbreaking to think that there are still places where hope can be found and random acts of kindness are being done but it never gets brought to light.
Imagine how different our world would be if:
·         We turned on the news and all we heard was something positive and uplifting
·         God was still an acceptable word to say in schools, on television and in newspapers
·         Drugs, alcohol and money didn’t control people, but God’s word did.
·         People still had respect for human life and innocent children
·         War wasn’t an option
·         Churches pews were full and overflowing on Sunday mornings
·         Everyone knew what love meant – to give it and receive it
·         God was the first choice, not the last resort
I’m not being totally naïve. I realize a lot of these issues have been around for a while but it seems our world is in such a state of disarray. It makes you want to crawl in bed and pull the blankets over your head and never peek out.
So how do we find hope and joy in these saddest of times? The answer is always: God. His word is still available to read. He is still available when we pray. He is still working in and through people. It just doesn’t always get brought to our attention. The goodness of the world is overshadowed by sin, at least in the majority of the media. But if you look around, there is still proof of God’s work being done. Focus on these when you see them. Spread the word.
So with that, I encourage you to take time to do one act of random kindness a week. Two or ten, even! You never know when that moment may make a difference in someone’s life. It may not change the world but it may change one person, two or ten. We have to start somewhere.
“It’s better to light a candle, than curse the darkness”