The world seems upside down these days.
Things aren’t just right.
Families are fighting, relationships are breaking, and the workload has increased as politics become burdensome. When will these tense times break? When will the distasteful attitudes disperse? Will we ever see a day where peace doesn’t elude us and rest finds us home?
A few days ago I was prompted to take a negativity fast. I shrugged a bit and scoffed a lot. Alas, that was my negative response. You see, I have become exhausted in mission and thoughts. I am burdened with the world’s sin and grieving with the Lord. I cannot seem to find rest as my mind pleads for justice and mercy. Negativity has become intertwined with my hope and has really brought me down.
As I was reading through a devotion and lamenting to the Lord about how tired I have been, I saw the words: Negativity Fast- One Week. Okay, Lord, I see what you’re doing. Can we compromise? I know my attitude has much to be desired, so can I take small steps?
Three days… I agreed to these few days to take a fast.
Day one I put down my phone, prayed and prayed, and sought enjoyment in watching my children and working on some projects before I lost track of time. When I got frustrated over something, I chose not to yell but to speak of my concerns and fix the problem. I laughed a bit more and slept really well.
Day two I woke up to the world losing their minds once again in anger, accusations, and hatred. Ugliness just continues to spew out of its sinful head. Do I dare tread through it? Do I dare engage? I was angry, but felt righteous in it. Instead of my first instinct to text my mom in a complaint, I spoke to my husband, voiced my concerns to my children, sought prayer, and went right back to social media.
I didn’t fall prey to the negative thoughts. Instead, I came across a Scripture writing plan that focused on kindness. Yes, Lord, I hear you. I stopped, prayed for those who have been on my heart despite my dislike of their attitudes, and then moved forward.
I want to preach fire and brimstone against all the hatred. I want to pour out every ounce of God’s Word and call all to repentance. I want to stand on the corner with a megaphone, blowing the shofar while calling all to seek the Lord. But the Lord, He is giving me an out right now. In my lamenting, He heard my need and has given me this opportunity to rest so that my mission no longer feels futile and so I can see His goodness through the trials of life.
Let us start with our speech. If someone is being rude to me or my loved ones, I can defend myself without sinning or with an attitude counter to my goal. I encourage you to join me with truly grabbing on to the following Scripture: