Positivity: How To Pick Oneself Up (Or At Least How I Did)
Positivity is always easier said than done. It's easy to say things will get better but not to believe it and definitely not to act on that notion. But just because something doesn't come easy doesn't mean it isn't worth the effort.
In fact, one might even argue that the best, most spectacular moments in life that one wants to savor and never forget come from struggle. The Bible addresses endurance, especially in these times, and it definitely helps me to get my mind, heart, and attitude back on track so that I can "get up" during the low moments in my life (Prov. 24:16).
After meditation on recent reminders about how necessary endurance is, I've been working on returning to a positive attitude, as it is paramount to endurance and what I've been lacking. Without joy, I've been resigned to put up with setbacks and circumstances. With positivity and rejoicing, though, I will continue to be determined to stand my ground, come what may.
Thus I've been viewing changes as great things instead of letting them knock me down. We're moving to a new congregation soon, and I'm so excited to spend time getting to know new and old friends, work with a different type of ministry, and take better care of myself with more and improved rest. We've been extremely busy with our volunteer construction work, and while it is definitely tiring to spend my free time and energy on these things, they undoubtedly make my life all the more fulfilling and happy.
While work will always be a stress, I'm reminding myself every day that this is not the life Jehovah wanted for me or anyone. These things of daily life (work, school, etc.) really don't matter nearly as much as I sometimes feel like they do because the truth is that the end of all of this suffering and, more importantly, the vindication of God's sovereignty is near. As long as I keep that in mind and lead my life with His Kingdom and purpose as my priority, I know He will take care of me so that I "may get a firm hold on the real life" (1 Tim. 6:19).