Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Diseases start with one germ that spreads quickly to infect an entire body. It's true in the medical world; it's also true in the relational world. One negative person can spread a virus of negativity in the workplace, around the dinner table or throughout an entire social circle.
When we keep our heads down, we can easily get consumed with "earthly things" - finances, family quarrels, office disputes and even those negative people. It's then that the virus, which started with one negative germ, begins to take over. Soon, negativity becomes part of who we are. And without even knowing it, we begin to spread the epidemic.
But we don't have to become infected just because we've been exposed to negativity. We have a vaccine. And it's as simple as looking up.
When we focus on God and the "things above," we combat the negativity of the world that tries to pull us down.
So when you are faced with negativity, don't contribute to the problem. Instead, be part of the cure. Make 'looking up' a part of your daily routine and discover how God can prevent the spread of the disease.
A Prayer for Today
Dear God, Please help me combat the negativity that tries to fill my life every day. Help me to always look up and see your blessings and not be brought down by toxic talk. Please guide my responses and actions to always be positive so that I can be a good influence to those around me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
got this in a email from Ed young, one of my favorite pastors to listen too