Unfortunately, we live in a chronically negative world. Everywhere I look, I see so many people who are discouraged by their circumstances, problems and frustrations!
It starts very early in life. When your kids go to school, they're not picked for a team and they feel left out, or they're not placed in the advanced class and they feel like they're average, or somebody makes fun of them for being different and they feel even more alone.
I would hate to be a kid growing up with social media. You post your picture but don't get nearly as many likes as your friend's picture and everybody has more followers than you do. You go on social media and you see your best friend is on their second vacation this year but you haven't been on one yet. Another good friend is on a date at a very nice restaurant but you're eating baloney and cheese. Someone else is at the party that you were not invited to, and suddenly you believe "My life just doesn't seem very important." Back when I was a kid, you just felt like you were not as popular. Today, there's hard data proving that you're not in the popular crowd, and this can be very discouraging.
It's amazing how we go through what seems to be a normal day and yet experience so many different voices of discouragement in our lives. In a world filled with negativity, we must choose to focus on God's Word to renew our minds and stay positive!
The first weekend of January, we started our four-part “New Beginnings” sermon series with a message entitled “Choosing Optimism.” Last weekend, we continued with the message “Choosing Gratitude.” This weekend, we are talking about “Choosing Encouragement!” Invite a seeking friend to join you at one of our weekend services – Saturday at 6:00 p.m., or Sunday 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. I look forward to seeing you!