Seeking Good First

Tuesday, August 02, 2016


VERSE:  “Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” (Proverbs 11:27)

REFLECT:
July has come to an end, and school is just around the corner for many of us. For me, the familiar 8 to 4 routine will start early. As I've been mentally preparing for a two-week marching band camp, the Lord called my attention to an area in my heart that needs my awareness. 

The question in my heart is, "Do I find the good, positive qualities in others and in situations, or do I first jump to the negatives? Do I show compassion, mercy, love and kindness in tense situations? Or when conflicts rise, do I focus on the negative aspects of the situation?" The judgements and thoughts I've had about people/situations are not always ones that I'd like to receive in return.

So, this week I've been more aware of my initial responses to people and to situations, and I wonder, why is it so much easier to first spot the negatives? 

Our flesh and human nature will justify our bad attitude and tell us that we were right all along, when deep down our spirit knows better. Our spirit knows of the endless grace God gives us every single day. Regardless of the situation, or who is right, we can make the decision to die to our flesh by giving grace, kindness, and mercy. We have to train our minds to seek the good in others first. At first, maybe we will only catch ourselves a few times a day. When we feel upset about an insignificant inconvenience, we can tell ourselves to stop and count our blessings.

Then as we continue to practice this positivity, it will turn into a habit and we will find ourselves seeing the good first in everything around us. God tells us in Proverbs 11, "Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it."  So as we settle into our fall routines, and are faced with new experiences, let us be obedient and diligently seek the good in others.


PRAY: 
Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunities I get every day to spread love and kindness. Use me to promote positivity among my peers as I transition back into a school routine. Restore positivity within my spirit. Fill me with your grace and help me to show that grace to others through my reactions. Amen.

YOUR TURN:
Ask God to show you any areas in your life that need your attention or awareness.
Boldly love people even when it seems like the most irrational option, because He first loved you.

Written By: Daisy Budgick


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