I am working with non-believers for the first time in almost 15 years. It has been a challenge to hear comments that are negative, destructive, and in some cases down-right mean. I am feeling more and more like Pollyanna hanging around Mrs. Snow, who was cantankerous and a bit of a hypochondriac. Every positive thing Pollyanna said was met by a “yeah, but” negative comment.
Yesterday, a co-worker made a comment about many of us being so new that ultimately, we didn’t know anything and therefore shouldn’t offer help to one another. It was said with an edge and tone that have followed me like a cold chill for the past 24 hours. I don’t want to allow it to seep into my spirit, but I feel like it is today.
I want to release these negative feelings and replace them with joy, it is something I am called to do as a believer. The verses below are my reminders to release joy and not hang on to sorrow or negativity. I hope they encourage you to do the same.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)