Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, I try to start each day with an up­beat at­ti­tude, but I can’t sus­tain it. It dips a lit­tle when I smile at the cof­fee-shop cashier and she doesn’t smile back, then drops fur­ther when I ask my co­work­ers if they had a nice evening and they’re all doom and gloom. By the third or fourth sour re­sponse to my cheery over­tures, I feel sour my­self! Please help!”

—Paul in his first let­ter to the Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans, 5:11

Wis­dom of the Word There­fore en­cour­age one an­other and build one an­other up, just as you are do­ing. We un­der­stand and yet… Some­times it seems as if our ef­forts to spread joy back­fire and bring us down. We try to stay pos­i­tive, but oth­ers’ neg­a­tiv­ity rubs off on us. How do we pre­vent this?

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