Fear and negativity have become as common today as barbecues and movie theaters. Our world is steeped in it. These feelings and emotions are in direct contradiction to a life filled with wholeheartedness and purpose which are promises of a positive lifestyle. In the midst of our disappointment our challenge is to keep ourselves filled with hope and to have a strong, positive mindset. But how can we live that way? Can the Bible help us be more positive? Does it have anything to say about overcoming fear and living a life filled with good things?
I chose to pursue a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Leadership because I wanted answers to the deeper questions in life such as these. I was also hamstrung with negativity and a terrible mindset. I saw problems with most everyone and everything around me. I thought life was a cruel joke and people were not to be trusted. The truths below have literally changed my life and help me live my values and the things in life that are important to me. They are simple yet powerful. I hope they impact you too.
3 Promises to Help You Live a Positive Life
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
This is one of my personal favorite passages on hope and staying positive. NO matter what happens in our lives, God is actively working on our behalf to turn all things into good things. This means that in the middle of our darkest struggles we are not alone. We are not forgotten. And we are not orphaned. In no way does this mean God causes evil and calamity, but he inevitably brings good through everything that happens in life.
Phillipians 4:8 – “Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
One of the keys to maintaining positive emotions and a positive mindset are the words we choose to focus on. When I coach leaders, one of the first things I do is get them to make a commitment to ONLY focus, think, dwell, and speak positive things. None of us can afford to allow a negative voice to have a ruling place in our minds. Period. It’s too toxic and the fruit is rotten.
Focusing and speaking things that are positive (even when we don’t feel like it) releases a string of positive neuro-transmitters in our brains and our bodies. It’s how we were designed. According to Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, author of the book, Positivity, this also helps a host of positive emotions to flow into our lives like joy, gratitude, inspiration, and love.
Isaiah 41:10 – ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Fear and anxiety dominate the landscape of our lives. We are afraid of what might happen in the next election, worried about the stability of the world, frightened that our children might be bullied or rejected at school, scared that our lives will pass by so fast that somewhere along the journey we forgot to live it…true missing out syndrome. This list is endless. Researcher Brené Brown even says that, “We’re all afraid. We just have to get to the point where we understand it doesn’t mean that we can’t also be brave.”
Living positively is about cultivating a lifestyle of bravery and placing our hope and our trust in something bigger than ourselves. It’s about the reality of where our strength comes from. It comes from above and it comes from within.
The great truth about this Bible verse is that it empathizes with us about our fears. But it doesn’t stop there. It encourages us to reject these negative influences in our lives and seek strength and courage. The best part is that it offers us tangible help that transforms our lives. We are not alone and if we ask for help, we will find it.
When I speak of leadership and positivity, it is rooted and grounded in something much bigger than positive psychology or the ideas of men. It’s about incarnating biblical truths and learning to be people who carry love, hope, and peace to a world that feels like it’s on the brink of anarchy. It’s about bravery, restoration and generosity. When we live as more positive people, we are able to illuminate and deposit these truths in our lives and into the lives of those we meet, love and care about.
Be encouraged and stay Positive! 🙂