How to Be Authentically Positive in a Negative Situation

August 20, 2019
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Have you ever met someone who never seems to let the negative things in life bring them down? Someone who’s oddly up-beat while in a terrible situation? It’s as if you just spotted a full grown, majestic unicorn standing in the middle of a busy street. The magical beast seems almost oblivious to the terrible situation it is surrounded by as she holds her head high; the sun glaring off her sparkling horn. How can this be? Is it possible that you too can learn how to be authentically positive in a negative situation?

Unicorns DO Exist

They do, for reals. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you saw someone going through an awful tragedy, yet they remained hopeful. Chances are…they were (or are) a unicorn. Consider how Peter and the other Apostles responded to being beaten for sharing the good news about Jesus Christ:

“…and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” – Acts 5:40-42

What an amazing response to a terrible situation! Instead of dwelling in “defeat” they used this event for the good. They used it to fuel their passion to spread the Gospel! They were unicorns who used their magical Jesus powers to purify the toxic attitude of the oppressive religious leaders.

For Self-Conscious Unicorns

By the way, if the idea of being a resilient, life-giving, beautiful unicorn is somehow too frilly for you (I’m looking mostly at you masculine folk out there), then you just might be a resilient, life-giving, beautiful rhino. They aren’t troubled by the little problems in life and when a big issue DOES show up they know how to charge it! Plus, they also have a cool horn. 

The Battle Starts in the Mind

Every day you are going to have negative thoughts and emotions in reaction to life’s junk. The good news is that you have Jesus power harnessed in your 12 inch horn. You are ready to unleash a holy beam of thinking to cleanse these unclean thoughts out of your mind. What remains are the things of God which bring life, healing, and peace.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

When you find yourself overwhelmed by the terrible, negative situation you’re in, do battle! Put any unrighteous thoughts on lockdown (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) and think on holy, good things. You need to remind yourself of the goodness of God, the promises of God, and the blessings that await you in Heaven.

Happy Thoughts Are NOT Enough

Every good unicorn (or rhino) knows a phony when they see one. These imposters are only faking their positivity. Sure, sometimes you have to grin and bear it, but that is just for the short term. Happy thoughts are not enough. Instead, we’re talking about a renewed way of thinking!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can take your negative situation and transform it into something that is authentically positive. So, as you walk amongst the haters, posers and other downtrodden people, you are learning to canter to a different beat. In so doing, you will discover God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.

Use Your Will Daily

The journey of life is not for the weak of heart. Embracing the battlefield of the mind and allowing God to renew your thinking will help transform you to be authentically positive in any negative situation. There is one last component to remember; one last God-given super ability you possess. Your WILL.  

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:1-2

Never underestimate the power of the human will. What you purpose in your heart, will become your reality. When you focus on godly things rather than the earthly junk around you, powerful things happen. You are transformed into a holy beast, able to overcome any obstacle in your way. This is a daily choice because every day has its own adversity. But, take joy because the victory is yours through Christ!

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – Jesus

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About the Author: Tony Hook

Tony Hook has been a pastor for many years and has served in a variety of ministries. He has a real heart for bringing hope and healing to sick and suffering people for the glory of God.

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