When we focus on others instead of on ourselves, we combat negativity in a positive way.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. Hebrews 10:24-25a
Life can be chaotic. And when it is, it’s easy for us to become hyper-focused on ourselves. We convince ourselves that we simply don’t have time to be concerned about other people or their needs. “After all,” we think, “look at everything I have to deal with!”
But by living with an ‘it’s all about me’ mindset, we’re actually more susceptible to negativity. And that can generate a bitter and lonely lifestyle that distracts us from fulfilling God’s desire.
God created all of us to be social beings. So the next time you feel overwhelmed with the schedule of your calendar or the pace of life, don’t shut people out. Instead, consider others. Look for ways to reach out to others. Find a way to encourage someone else by meeting a need they have.
And as you do, you’ll discover that by encouraging someone else, God will bring others to encourage you. And that is one of the best ways to keep negativity at bay.
Dear God, Help me to focus on others instead of being consumed by my own personal issues. Help me to combat negativity by surrounding myself with the positive influence of godly friends. And show me ways I can be an encouragement to others by meeting their needs. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.