I was reading through my twitter feed the other day and it really struck me how many posts were rooted in contempt. Then during my next meal I quickly engaged in a conversation of degrading jest about someone whom I know well. Although it was in jest it was amazing how quickly the negative attitude not only came about, but it was also amazing how willing we all were to perpetuate that attitude.
We all have a voice today and most often it feels more gratifying to post, report, and express the negative. As we look through the news feed we are drawn to the tragic stories, enamored by the grotesque. It’s much more tempting and yields much more of a reaction to post, read, share, and perpetuate the things we are against rather than the things we are for.
As with all things, Paul says it better than me…
Philippians 4:8 (MSG) – Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious– the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
Let me put Paul’s challenge in today’s terms. Instead of tweeting about how much you dislike the other team, tweet about how much you love yours. Instead of perpetuating the negative conversation spin it positive. Instead of writing about and talking about what’s wrong with your church or your company focus on what’s great about it.
There are proper avenues to deal with the undeniable and serious things that trouble us, but it’s typically not found in the public sector. It’s most often found in quiet one on one conversation where we can’t hide behind our computer or a group of other people. But as a general rule, put this in your pocket…
Be what you’re for, not what you’re against.