Is this image above a sunrise or a sunset?
Do you see light coming or darkness approaching?
Is your normal default to expect the positive or anticipate the negative?
In all honesty, far too often I find myself in the later camp. Awaiting fault, looking for imperfection, preparing for the approaching darkness.
It’s an all too human flaw. One I detest in myself and a thorn I ask God to remove almost daily.
When we look at other people, do we see their faults, embrace opportunities to criticize, revel in pessimism?
All too often the answer is yes.
When we look at organizations, companies and, dare I say, even churches, is it the norm to cast aspersions and shade?
“If it bleeds it reads” is a mantra in the media. What that means is people revel in the negative – we want to feed on darkness.
Meanwhile, we have a deep-seeded need to experience the positive. To let love wash over us. But, when the waves don’t seem to come rushing through our lives, often we fall back to the dark side. Rejecting love. Rejecting God.
Is this company going to rip me off?
Is that Pastor just after my money?
How so will this person I just encountered screw up and ruin my day?
These are the kinds of things Paul was talking about when he said:
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
So, today, and (hopefully) every day after this one, I choose to be happy.
I choose to look for the best.
I choose to see the sun RISE.
How about you?