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Kelli Mahoney

Having a Positive Attitude in Negative Times

By March 8, 2009

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I've been watching the news quite a bit, as usual, and I noticed something. It's not new, but I was really bothered by the negative undertone to every story about the state of America and the world. Sure, there are some bad things happening, and we shouldn't discount the bad things, but is the world really as bad as everything we hear?

I know the economy is bad. I know there are tragedies happening on land and sea. I know that the Middle East is fragile and could possibly end up even more unstable than before. I'm sure you've heard all those things, too. But even in stories of heroism, the dog saving someone from a fire or a lost child coming home, there always seems to be something sinister to report.

So, what do these thoughts have to do with God? Well, I wondered if my own outlook on the world as a place of beauty and joy are somehow connected to my relationship with God. I see the bad things, and there are many, but there are so many other blessings, miracles, and things of beauty that God has placed in my way to appreciate. He provides me with hope even in hard times that help me stay positive even when everyone around me is complaining and feeling doom and gloom.

Hebrews 10:23-25 - "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." (NLT)

Many of the Christian teens I know seem to look at the world with a sense of wonder and have a hopeful, positive outlook. But, what do you think? Do you find that your connection to God helps you stay positive or is it that teens just haven't had all the world experience that those adults reporting the news have? Share your own thoughts in the comments.

March 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm
(1) thelma says:

im so sure that my positive approach to the issues in this life are basicaly bcos of my connection to God,u knw the word of God strengthens,encorages nd gives hope,it gives you a reason to live,one of my favourite declarations from the bible is:when the people of the world are saying there is a casting down,il say there is a LIFTING UP nd this is wat has been carrying me along for so many years.

March 14, 2009 at 9:16 am
(2) Maria says:

I’m not a teen. I started getting this e-mailed to me because i was looking for daily devotionals for my grade 7 class.
One thing i always tried to emphasize in my devotions to them was faith, hope and love. I told them that without these three, you can never truely be a believer.
And I think that Faith , Hope and Love would apply to this topic as well. Without them, we don’t see past the negativity of the world.We wouldn’t even be able to get ourselves to properly believe that things could look up.
So , no i don’t think that it’s because teens haven’t ‘experienced’ that they have more faith. I believe that it’s what you take from life, that makes you see things the way you do.

September 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(3) lucy says:

There is no doubt that having that one on one relationship with God is what helps to keep a positive outlook on life. When all else fails and we are down and out through our weakness Gods glory shines the most. Its inspiring when knowing that through the awesome power of the cross and that love inspired sacrifice we can over come anything. Before walking with God.. it seemed like the world was so hard to overcome but the peace from God knowing that there is never a problem to big for Him to help us through really puts everything into perspective- it helps me to not take life too serious.

March 17, 2011 at 11:35 am
(4) Lily Olteanu says:

When I was teenager, I had a stronger faith in God. I as grew older my faith seemed to diminish more and more. I’ve been extremely blessed. God has made his presence known to me, on several occasions in my life to remind that he’s there watching over me. However, because I have had such a blessed I began to take God for granted. It wasn’t until recently that the biggest tragedy in my life took place, and yet, through this tragedy I’ve a newfound (and stronger than ever) faith in God. I know he’s watching over me, and that whatever obstacles I endure he is there by my side to help me overcome them. I share Maria’s sentiments regarding faith, hope, and love…without them what’s the point?

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