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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24 Comments

  • Reply Gloria Boone June 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Excellent 3 ways!

  • Reply Debbie Erickson June 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks, Gloria!

  • Reply Heather Hart June 17, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Debbie! These are great! I need these reminders more often than not. It’s so easy to let the negativity around us overwhelm us, but when we keep our focus on Jesus, we can rise above.
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  • Reply Andrea June 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

    You been talking to my pastor? She’s been sayin a lot of the same stuff to me!

    • Reply Debbie Erickson June 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      🙂 Hi Andrea, it gives us some things to think about. Thank you for commenting! I hope you have a great day and get out there and cause a ruckus for Christ! 🙂
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  • Reply Amanda | Maple Alps June 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Love this! I think another way that helps me stay positive is serving others! It’s amazing how that brightens up your day!

    • Reply Debbie Erickson June 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Isn’t that the truth, Amanda? It really does help us take our attention off ourselves. And it does brighten your day! Thanks for commenting. ~blessings
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  • Reply Lindsey Renee June 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Yes- keeping our eyes on Jesus is so true! I lost my vision last week and become debbie downer, throwing my own pity party until dear friends pointed me back to Him. He is such light in the middle of the darkness of this world. Thank you for this points.

    • Reply Debbie Erickson June 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      You’re so welcome, Lindsey. It’s so easy to do, I must admit. But, so thankful for His grace at times like these. I hope you’re having a better week. Thank you for commenting! ~blessings
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  • Reply Penny June 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    It can be hard staying positive when you’re going though a trial of some kind. Your 3 tips are very helpful. For me, I keep a journal where I can see patterns of thinking. Sometimes when I see my thoughts written down, I can tell when they don’t match the word.

    • Reply Debbie Erickson June 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      How true, Penny. Trials aren’t easy…I’ve experienced quite a few. Journaling is helpful also to just fill the page with how you’re feeling. I used to do this a lot and I’ve save most of them. I’m glad the tips helped you. ~blessings, Penny.
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  • Reply C Nelson June 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Interesting read. I enjoyed reading this article a lot. Added value to me!
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  • Reply Hope N. Griffin June 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Life can be hard but we can still remain joyful in difficult times.

  • Reply Amy Christensen June 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Debbie, these were great tips. I live with a very negative husband and it is hard to not be influenced by his negativity. But I try to stay focused on all that is positive and all we have to be thankful for. I have moments where i let negativity influence me as well, but it is a fight I want to keep fighting, because I agree with you. Life is less stressful if we are searching for the good rather than the bad.

    • Reply Debbie Erickson June 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      My heart goes out to you, Amy, because you and anyone in your situation have a little harder path to trod because negativity is not easy to live with. Negativity breeds negativity. It’s not easy to stay positive in such a situation. I’m afraid I failed more than a few times years ago in my first marriage. I wish someone would’ve encouraged me more. It’s hard when you live with someone who is negative because you can’t just leave, but when you hear negative statements, I think it’s appropriate to calmly leave the room, go outdoors, go to the restroom if you’re in public, and say a pray. Pray that you’re positivism will overflow instead of negative thoughts effecting you. He’ll meet you there because He understands and cares. He knows what you’re going through, and His Grace and Mercy are golden–our lifelines. As we grow in His Grace, I think we’re better able to handle things more peaceably.

      I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Zig Zigler, but he was a writer and speaker who had a pretty uplifting and positive attitude. You can check out some of his quotes here: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/z/zig_ziglar.html. Here’s a Youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRMogDrHnMQ.

      My prayers are with you, Amy. Thank you for commenting. May God bless you richly!
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  • Reply Lo @ Mrs. Lo Tanner June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

    You nailed it spot on! Who you let speak into your life and what you fill your mind with are keys to determining what kind of life you are going to live. I had to learn those lesson when I first started writing. If they can’t speak life into you, they don’t need to surround you.

    • Reply Debbie Erickson June 25, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Hi Lo, thank you. You’re so right. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way, and I learned it a little late, however, I did learn it. 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting and visiting our site. ~blessings
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  • Reply Julie June 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Great post! Thank you for these tips!
    Visiting from #DancewithJesus
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  • Reply mani July 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for this! I was completely out of ideas on how to reengage my current subscribers. Adding this page to my favorites so I don’t forget.

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