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Debbie Erickson

Are You Causing A Ruckus For Christ?

| June 12, 2017

Do you sometimes feel beaten down by the world? Do you spend your time spent around those who tell you ‘you can’t’ rather than those who tell you can?

It’s easy to dragged down by others. It seems this is becoming the norm in our society. I’ve been around those where some kind of drama was always going on in their lives. Every day was a minor or major crisis for them.

Then there’s been others who’ve been downers, always speaking negatively, and never having many positive things to say.

I’ve been there a time, or two. As much as I can emphasize with them because I know life can get really hard sometimes, there is a flip side.

As I grow in the love and grace of God, I realize that you live a much more stress-free life by staying stay positive than by being negative. Negativism puts stress on our hearts and bodies that God didn’t intend. “…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” ~  I Peter 5:7 (NASB) And He does care for us more than our finite minds can fathom.

Life is short. It passes so quickly the older you get. And life is too short to have negative thoughts. And life is way too short to be around those who bring us down; verbally or emotionally. But when we must be around those who are negative, be a witness for God and shorten your time around them.

When we look around on the world stage; it’s hard not to see those who are without hope; without the hope of Jesus because we see them through Christ’s eyes. I’ve been guilty of missing opportunities to share Jesus with them because ‘I’m in a hurry to get somewhere.”

I titled this post, “Are You Causing a Ruckus For Christ?” What I mean is: Are you rising above the negativity and negative voices that seem to drown us each day? Voices that try to steal our hope and bring us down to that level. Voices that cry out are voices that also try to steal our motivation in being the best we can be.

Whether we like it or not, and whether we believe or not, there are voices that will succeed to harm us if don’t become a light to them to bring them up to a positive level.

3 Ways to Stay Positive

What can we do to stay positive when society seems to be falling apart?

1.) Fellowship

First and foremost, spend more quality time around those who love and care for you, and those who will give you more encouragement than discouragement… those who want the best for you and reinforce truths that tell you that you can rise above the negativity.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” ~ Hebrews 10:24

2.) Focus

Don’t look at the world’s/society’s standards to gauge your own life. Don’t look for hope or encouragement from the world. Instead, keep your eyes on Jesus.

3.) Fill Your Mind

Last, and most importantly, read encouraging books and articles by successful, Godly people who can help you in your journey who’ve walked down the same paths as you—those who can ‘Pump. You. Up’ (stealing a line from Arnold Swartznegger) Some may be ministers who offer hope and healing to the brokenhearted, and some may be authors who’ve been successful and who has made Godly principles a daily part of their lives. Those who won’t listen to anyone who tells them they can’t do it.

We are living in times when we need to rise above the negative voices that shout “No hope,” or, “It can’t be done,” because “And looking at them Jesus said to them, ‘With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” ~ Matthew 19:26 (NASB) We can rise above the hate and strife and start causing a ‘ruckus for Christ’ by standing up to those voices in order to be able to make them hear a better voice—a better way of life—in telling them the message of Christ.

The world needs to hear voices that say, “Your life isn’t hopeless. You can be healed from your wounds. You can be successful. You can rise above the chaos and negativity if you trust Jesus with your life and your future.”

“Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” ~ Proverbs 23:18 (NASB)

Let’s get pumped up for Christ and cause a ruckus!

Let’s rise above the noise and make some loud, positive noises of our own!

What About You?

Have you ever felt like you’ve been beaten down by the world’s voices? Have others left you feeling depressed or anxious?

Please share your experience so others may be encouraged to know they’re not the only ones.

What do you do to rise above the negative voices?

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