Turning The Tables

The world as we know it can be a scary, depressing, lonely, and downright ugly place. It seems that no matter where we are or what we’re doing we’re constantly surrounded by harsh words, violent actions, and mean people.

Our TVs show us horrible things from around the world. Our Facebooks, Instagrams, and Twitters are breeding grounds for complaints. Our friends (ourselves included) and acquaintances gossip about each other (and ourselves) constantly. Long story short, it seems that in this day and age you simply cannot get away from negativity no matter how hard you try.

What if the solution to stopping the negativity in your life was as easy as flipping a light switch?

It is.

An action as simple as choosing to smile can change your attitude for an entire day. Choosing to compliment someone’s strengths instead of focusing on weaknesses can change your point of view. Choosing to see the good in the world instead of the evil can literally change the face of the planet we walk on everyday.

Being a positive person isn’t an innate characteristic that some people are blessed with. Being positive is a mindset that we should all embrace. It’s easy to get down on ourselves and others; but what do we have to gain by being the Eeyore in the room? Being pessimistic and cynical isn’t going to get you anywhere in life. However, there are studies that have been done that prove that a simple smile can change a person’s entire life.

The secret to staying positive isn’t being oblivious to the world around you; it’s choosing to see the good in every situation. Staying positive is more mind over matter. Whether it’s getting a bad grade, having a bad day at work, or losing someone that you care about. If you look for the bad things in this world; the heartache, the deceit, the evil, you will find those things. If you look for the good: the love, the generosity, the immensity and abundance of everything we’ve been given, you will begin to see those things.

For me, personally, staying positive can only happen because I have learned to trust God’s perfect timing. This timing is something my roommate and I have been talking a lot about over the past couple of months. Whether we’re dealing with a hard class or a breakup we have the ability to stay optimistic and stay smiling through anything we face.

For me, that can only happen through a faith in God and His plan that is stronger than anything this world can throw at me.

God will only toss things your way that He has prepared you to handle. He wouldn’t give you something to face that is too big for you to beat, at least with His help. If it seems that God is making everything go wrong in your life, then maybe you’re just one of His strongest soldiers.

Every experience in life, whether good or bad, forces us to learn lessons. I think that one of the first ones I had to learn was to trust in God.

I had to trust Him when I started this crazy thing called high school and couldn’t understand why parents would allow their kids to go and participate in a lesser version of “The Hunger Games” every single day. However, through those experiences, the good and the bad, I learned about who I was, what I stood for, the kind of person and Christian I wanted to be, and a million other things.

I had to trust Him on August 21, 2015 when I started a new chapter of my life as I moved in to college. In four months I think I’ve learned more about the world, other people, myself, and life than I ever thought possible.

Everyday I have to trust that God is doing everything in His infinite power to get me to where He wants me to be. It may not always seem fun. I may not always be happy. There will be struggles, but in the end, it will all be worth it. This is the attitude that I choose to have because faith, trust, and hope are some of the things that make this crazy life worth every single second.

Smiling isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. Being kind and compassionate isn’t always the fun thing to do, but it will change someone’s life. Trusting in God and His plan isn’t always what “all the cool kids are doing”, but it will change your perspective, and your entire existence. Being optimistic seems to be impossible, but with God all things are possible; and being happy and optimistic and positive become as easy as flipping that switch. So here’s to turning the tables and being a light in a very dark world.

-S

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P.S. Here are some of the things that help get me through a difficult day. I hope they do the same for you.

“You matter because you exist.” -Sophia Bush

“When you use God as an excuse to hate people, and you use God as an excuse to cut people down, first of all, I think it’s insulting to God.” -Sophia Bush

“You will never influence the world trying to be like it.”

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13 (NLT)

“And now brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

“Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, He was watching. Even when He seemed indifferent to my suffering, He was watching; and when I was beyond all hope of saving, He gave me rest and gave me a sign to continue my journey.” -The Life of Pi

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