Half full or . . .

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are there times when the negative things in life, even added together one upon the other, can be positive? Is it just a matter of attitude and perspective that makes something seemingly bad into something surprisingly good?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Remember that old mathematical rule, a negative plus a negative equals a positive? When I first learned that rule decades ago, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Logically, I thought, if you put something negative with another negative, all you were going to get was more negativity. Yet, as my math teacher Mr. Peterson explained, when two negatives are placed together they cancel each other out–mathematically speaking. Now, that’s pretty neat I thought. If only it worked that way with negative things in life, like two bad test grades or two fights with my little brothers! Unfortunately, it really only seemed to work well with math and little else.

But, ARE there times when the negative things in life, even added together one upon the other, can be positive?

Here’s a story: First-graders were nervous as the teacher called on them to pass out their valentines that February day several years ago. Some of the students received many valentines. Others, who had received only a few, huddled low in their chairs. The teacher noticed one girl in particular. Her name was Serena. She was shy and awkward, came to school only sporadically, and didn’t seem to have any friends among her classmates. Serena had only a few valentines on her desk, and tears were running down her cheeks, so the teacher knelt beside her to comfort her. But to her astonishment, Serena was crying for joy! “Look at all my valentines!” she exclaimed. “I never thought I’d get even one, and look! I got six!” (By Victor Parachin, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) February 2002, Pacific Press, http://www.pacificpress.com/signs.)

Whether the cup is half empty or half full depends on your point of view. Like Serena, all of us need to modify the negative so we can accentuate the positive. When life doesn’t go the way we want it to, we have choices. We can choose to doubt that God cares or we can choose that he does. Even when the evidence seems slim and most other people would say God has left us, a Christian knows different. The next time that you are feeling sorry for yourself and what you don’t have, consider what you do. One negative thing after another can pile up on your plate, but if you love God, the result is always the same. It’s a theological law: many negatives, always equal a positive; it just works that way.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we come to you in total expectation of the best, believing in miracles because we believe in you. We do not come to you in desperation, but in gratitude and excitement of the result given to us ahead of any need. We live our moments, day by day, in positive

expectation and overflowing gratitude as we witness and take part in the miraculous results. We are grateful and thankful for every moment spent in sacred prayer with you. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/prayers-for-positive-thinking.aspx?p=2-adapted

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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