I was at a women’s conference several years ago when the speaker passed out rubber bands. We were instructed to place them on our wrist, and every time we said something negative we were to pop ourselves. Needless to say, after a few days, our stinging wrists made us aware of how often we allowed negative words to slip from our lips.
The old adage asks if you are a half-empty or half-full kind of person. Whatever our tendencies may be, we can discipline ourselves to limit our negative thoughts and words. We have all known people who seem to wear a negative attitude all the time, and we find them less than pleasant to be around. As Christ-reflectors we don’t want that to be said of us.
We can always find something negative to say, but as Christians, we be able to find more positives than negatives. Knowing Jesus outweighs anything that is wrong in our lives. We are to live victorious, positive lives in him.
Actually, living a positive life may require a little practice. Maybe a good place to start is with a rubber band around your wrist. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. A few stings on the wrist don’t seem like too high a price to pay for a life lesson. Does it?
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4) (NIV)