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Stay positive in the midst of it all

By Joseph Perry

Hebrews 12:11

Is it hard for you to stay positive in what you are going through?

I was listening to a discussion on the radio, when a woman called in and said, “I’m frustrated with all that’s going on in my life.” She said, “I feel like I’m on the edge, and I can’t take it anymore.”

The woman went on to share that she had been listening to all of the negative and depressing talk that’s going on around the world, and she needed something to help her stay positive so she wouldn’t give up.

I think the lady speaks for many people around the world. That there are times that our lives seem as though they have turned upside down. It seems like our lives are falling apart. Every time we look at the news, and we hear so much that is going on negatively, it sometimes can pull us in a negative and depressing direction.

The Hebrew writer tells us that there are times in our lives when things will come and seem unpleasant. Sometimes events will occur and make us feel like waving our white flag, saying, “I surrender.” Life’s roller coasters can sometimes make you want to say, “I quit.” But you have to remember that what you’re dealing with at times, and what you may be facing in this current season, could possibly be the vehicle that takes your life to another level.

God uses certain experiences to turn us and advance us forward. Learn to stay positive in every happening, knowing that the Lord has the last say so of all of your happenings. When we put our life into His hands, He will surely take care of you. Learn to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

Stay positive, be encouraged and keep an upbeat attitude. Trust God, even in the midst of negative times, and He will never fail you. Don’t allow your flesh to lead you into something that you will eventually regret. He has your life already planned out. Use every moment as a season of growth and development. Stay positive in the midst of it all.

The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Perry is pastor of St. Mark AME Zion Church. Contact him at josephp134@gmail.com.