Highlighting The Things We Love Rather Than Fighting The Things We Hate
Posted: Friday, June 22
2 Kings 3:1-4:17
Verse of the Day:
A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. (Proverbs 17:22)
I overheard this interesting conversation during my last trip to Disney World that has completely rattled my viewpoint. My wife and I were walking in Animal Kingdom when I heard another young couple behind us talking about a new night time show at the park. The woman asked the man if he’s seen the show and he responded, “I did. I thought it was good. But I didn’t like…” followed by a laundry list of negative commentary of the show. Then at the end he said, “But it’s good.” What blew me away is that he started the conversation saying that he liked it, followed only by the things he didn’t like or thought Disney World should do differently, not once saying why he liked it. Hearing that, I realized something that many of us, especially me, are awful at. We can be so quick and possibly even more eager to spout out the negative things about something before acclaiming the positives.
Today’s Proverb touches on this exact frame on mind and tells us precisely how to live feeling better about life. “A cheerful disposition is good for your health.” Do you want to enjoy your life, feeling satisfied and fulfilled? A step towards that is highlighting the things we love rather than fighting the things we hate. It’s how God created this life to best be lived. Does that mean strolling through your day constantly whistling with a smile on your face like Mickey Mouse with not a care in the world? Does that mean turning a blind eye to the clearly evident problems? While this example is an exaggeration, I think we could all have a little more of that composure in our day.
How quick are we to give our slighting commentary about the way someone is doing something? How readily are we to tear down others’ shortcomings instead of lifting up their accomplishments? Criticism is essential to genuinely appreciate and assist others in becoming better. But helpful criticism looks a lot different from belittling denunciation. The challenge I took away from overhearing people talk at Disney World is to list the things I enjoy before, and especially more, than the things I dislike. When we find things to be cheerful about more than be gloomy, we’ll have a much easier time being full of life and joy. And let it be known, I love all of the shows at Disney World.