To Be or Not to Be Negative

The easiest path to go down is often the one most fraught with danger and discouragement.  A crowd moving en masse in one direction isn’t always going the right way or for the right reasons.  When I was a young boy in school, the quickest way to gather a crowd was for two people to start fighting.  Everyone would rush to see it, even though there was no value in watching it, and likely none for the two participants themselves.  The news media of today loves to stir the pot and draw us into watching “fights”, and sometimes causing us to enter into them.

Debate, disagreement, and even arguments can have benefits.  Sometimes they resolve deep seeded conflict; other times they add to it.  The motivation to debate should come from a place that is not founded in narcissism and selfishness.

The easiest path to go down is often the one that is replete with negativity.  It is easier to complain and criticize than to compliment and construct.  It is easier to see the pitfalls and the potholes than to see the promises and the possibilities.  It is easier to drown in discouragement than to dream in the darkness.

Rather than belabor the point and come up with my own words, allow me to turn your attention to Psalm 103.  I hope the words of the Psalmist will strengthen you and lead you into a time of prayer with thanksgiving.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And all that is within me, bless His holy name.


Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget none of His benefits;


Who pardons all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases;


Who redeems your life from the pit,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;


Who satisfies your years with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.


The Lord performs righteous deeds

And judgments for all who are oppressed.


He made known His ways to Moses,

His acts to the sons of Israel.


The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.


He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.


He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.


For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.


As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.


Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.


For He Himself knows our frame;

He is mindful that we are but dust.


As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.


When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,

And its place acknowledges it no longer.


But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,


To those who keep His covenant

And remember His precepts to do them.


The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,

And His sovereignty rules over all.


Bless the Lord, you His angels,

Mighty in strength, who perform His word,

Obeying the voice of His word!


Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,

You who serve Him, doing His will.


Bless the Lord, all you works of His,

In all places of His dominion;

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Timothy (Tim) Gunnells started his blog "Desert Spiritual" while living and ministering in the desert in Arizona. He knows the world in which we live is a "dry and weary land where is no water" and souls are thirsting for God (Psalm 63:1).Tim currently lives with his family in East Tennessee. He is available for retreats, leadership development seminars, and church consulting. He enjoys hiking, singing, spending time with his family and friends, and blogging about Christian spirituality, culture, and life in general. He may be reached at

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