Wednesday, 21 April 2021

P Power of Positive Faith

How Will You Respond?

I have been blessed to live on this earth for 60 years. Although I have not personally experienced the horrible things I see others face, I have faced my share of stuff too. I remind others often, just because a person is doing well, you still don't know their story.

This year has brought out the good and the worst in so many of us. When social media should be used to encourage and keep each other lifted, many are exiting the platform because of the most mean-spirited and nastiness of what happens there.  Social media was designed to connect people. You could log onto the site to smile at the funny memes, look at fun pictures, or hear your friends' joyful stories. Today, it has turned into something very different.  You sign on and find yourself overtaken by someone on the thread interjecting negativity.

Where has the civility gone? Isn't it funny that God blesses humankind with ingenuity, creativeness, and innovation? We use those gifts, thinking we can contribute something positive to the world. We soon find that someone is lurking in the shadows, ready to turn something meant for good into bad.

Aren't you glad that God isn't like that?  He is just the opposite---He takes our ashes and turns them into something beautiful. He takes what was meant for evil and uses it for good. When I think about what the scripture says about how God takes messes and turns them into marvelous things, I am careful about how I respond to other people and situations.

That's what I want to ask my friends to do also. Slow down, stop, breathe, and let go and let God do His perfect work in you.  When I begin to feel anxious lately, I go to the scripture found in Philippians 4:6, "Be anxious for nothing. But in all things with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  That's good news!

I would let it stop right there, but I can't. The next verse says the following: "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or worhty of praise—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice."

God wants us to put these good gifts into practice.  If you say that's impossible for you to do, especially when you get upset, I say, okay.  Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that self-control is one of the Fruits of the Spirit. As Christ lives in us through His Holy Spirit, we need to let Him be in charge.  When we face negative people or situations, we should turn our faces to God and ask Him to take full control.  It is time for each of us as Believers to stop acting out and start modeling Jesus.  In how we respond in tense situations, it will show others who Jesus is and that we follow Him. 

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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