Positive Energy

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, October 11, 2019

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. Mark 13:32-33

I saw a video yesterday that reminded me why I should make the best of every moment. In the video, three people are sitting in the same row on an airplane. All three people were too busy getting angry at each other and at other people to enjoy the flight. When the plane took off, it ran into major turbulence, and then the pilot announced that the plane is in distress. At that moment, it did not matter who sat next to who, or what the passengers were upset about. They were all about to die together.

My take away from that video is that we have to live for the moment. We cannot allow our spirit to be hijacked by anger or bitterness. Life is too precarious and unpredictable, not to enjoy every moment to the fullest. As much as we want to go to heaven to see Jesus, we have an obligation to enjoy life on earth. Indeed, God intended for us to enjoy life. We were born in a family structure so we can be loved. He gave us vocations and blessed us with the bounty of this planet so we can enjoy life.

No one should ever feel guilty for wanting to live a joyful and prosperous life. That is our inheritance as children of God. This is what the Psalmist says in Psalm 115:16, “The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity.”

In today’s text, Jesus reminds us that the rapture will be unannounced and surprising. He warns his followers to get ready, be on guard, and remain alert so they will not miss the rapture. However, as we await the rapture, we have to make the best of the life we are living.

I want to encourage all my brothers and sisters to rediscover the joy of the Lord. Cultivate a spirit of positivity, and let the peace of God guide your interactions with everyone. Just as in the video, your interface with a person may be the last conversation with that person. So try to end every conversation or interaction on a positive note.

In Romans 12:18, we are told: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” We should avoid toxic people and contentious conversations. The Bible teaches that our conversation should be seasoned with grace so that God’s divine energy can flow through us. We are after all representatives of God’s divine plan.

It takes so much energy to be negative, to remain bitter, and to harbor resentment. I see people who go to great extremes to avoid speaking to another person or be in the same room with that person. Such an attitude is not spiritually healthy. That is why forgiveness is so therapeutic. Forgiveness allows us to enjoy life without expanding too much negative energy. Through forgiveness, we free ourselves to enjoy our life’s experiences without regrets.

I want to encourage you to tell your spouse how much you love him or her. Today may be the last time you get to do so. Avoid spending more time chastising your children instead of enjoying them. You never know when they might leave you. Stop saying how much you hate your job, or your car, or your house. Remember, many of you prayed for that car, or job, or house. Do not allow what was once a blessing becomes a curse.

In that video, one of the passengers had a heated exchange with her husband and son before the plane took off. When the turbulence hit and the plane was about to go down, she wanted to text them to let them know she loved them. Do not wait for a tragic moment to show appreciation for the people in your life.

It does not take a lot to live with joy and contentment. Most people do not need you to throw them a party to show appreciation. A word of affirmation or an act of random kindness is all that it takes. A subtle change in our tone or facial expression can turn a contentious conversation into a pleasant conversation.

I want to challenge all my readers to spend one day without saying anything negative or acting negatively. Challenge yourself not to be angry with anyone for one day. Instead, focus on internalizing positive energy while remaining joyful in every situation. Then you will see how much power you have to influence the people in your sphere of influence for the good.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give everyone who read this devotional the courage, patience, and grace to influence the people in their sphere of influence with divine positive energy to the glory of Jesus Christ.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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