Negativity Isn't Based on Circumstances
Some people have a knack for putting a negative spin on everything.
No matter how wonderful their circumstances, they find reasons to complain.
Then there are those people who find reasons to be grateful no matter how bad their circumstances.
Father Placid suffered in a terrible Siberian prison but focused on tiny blessings like an extra potato in his watery soup. (His story)
Jane had a terrible childhood but grew into a positive, joyful woman. (Her story)
Joni has been paralyzed for over forty years but annually thanks God for the crab that saved her life. (Her story)
Negative people focus on what they don’t have.
Positive people focus on what they have.
Negative people are miserable and they make others miserable.
Positive people are grateful and they encourage the people around them.
If you tend toward negativity, why not do what I’ve done: memorize Philippians 4:8 and recite it when you feel like complaining.
This 1-minute devotion reinforces the principles in this devotion: Beatin' the Blues