As I arrived at work after the “long” holiday weekend, it immediately hit me why I sometimes dread making the long commute. And I find that it is not just work, but other areas in life as well.
What I faced was an immediate negative worldview from a co-worker.
Things in general are not up to par, difficult to do, you name it, things are dreary. I found myself quickly fleeing the individual and the discussion. When people around me are negative, it really brings me down. I’m not talking about people who honestly disagree with me, don’t see things the way I see them, or offer constructive criticism; but people who always find the down-side of things, or interpret events in a negative light. You may know someone like this.
It is a daily battle for me, and maybe for you as well. That’s when we need to turn to Scripture. I think of Philippians 4:8 which reads, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (NIV)
Yes, I have my negative moments as well, we all do. When we have those negative moments, let’s try to refocus, look to the Creator of this world and try to see things through His eyes and with a Biblical worldview.
As Awana commanders, leaders in children’s ministries, etc, be vigilant in prayer to keep this negative worldview from entering your ministry.