Don’t waste it dwelling on the negative

Human (noun): “a homo sapien who has the ability to breathe, reason, and become an expert at second guessing themselves and dwelling on the negative.”

Okay, you’re right. That definition isn’t in the dictionary… but it could be!

Especially after Christmas.

You’d think that after celebrating the birth of the Messiah we’d be on cloud nine. But many people aren’t. It can be a post-Christmas sugar crash for the emotions.

-Some of you wish a certain person had been present at your celebrations (who wasn’t).
-Some of you wish a certain person wasn’t present (who was!).
-Some of you wish someone didn’t open their big mouth about such-and-such.
-Some of you wish you hadn’t opened your mouth about such-and-such!
-Some of you wish you hadn’t got swept away in the consumerism.
-Some of you wish you had given (or received) a better gift.
-Some of you wish you had made it more meaningful than you did.

Some of you wish…

Because of this tendency to second guess ourselves and dwell on the could’ve/should’ves, I encourage you to stop ruminating on the negative.

Spending too much time thinking about why your Christmas wasn’t all it was cracked up to be is another distraction. I realize there are legitimate things to be upset about from time to time. But too much negativity about why things weren’t “just so” neutralizes you from pondering the significance of the birth of Christ.

While she was contemplating Jesus’ birth, Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.” (Luke 1:46-48).

Let’s shoot for those verses as our post-Christmas state-of-mind. Spend extra time enjoying nature, or in your devotions, or connecting with a friend, or thinking through how you’re going to serve God and your community in the coming year.

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

Don’t dwell on what has gotten you down. Dwell on what God has done to raise you up.

By Matthew Ruttan

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