21 Mar Be Positive
Dear Christian Radio,
When I first think of being positive I imagine a cheerleader jumping up and down, waving her pom-poms in the air and chanting, “B-E P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E” to the tune of “Be Aggressive!” I see big smiles and sunshine. *Sigh* There is, however, a deeper, more intentional side of being positive that requires consideration.
Positivity permeates all we do; it’s infectious…much like a high school cheer. When we allow positivity to take over it becomes a part of us—an important part that we carry out into the world. PAR’s Mission is, “We will change the world by creating and delivering experiences that inspire people to live passionately for Jesus Christ.” One of the ways we inspire others is by being positive in all that we do.
Our Vision, “To be the standard by which all Christian media is measured,” is no different. To achieve such audacious goals requires serious focus. So, we focus on the little things that matter, like our attitudes, knowing that what we accept as our standard for behavior will eventually show up in our ministry. We live and breathe the Mission and Vision, every day. We think about it. We talk about it. We pray about it. Then, we put it into action.
If you have been following Dear Christian Radio for the last 12 months, you already know our motto: Easy Never Changed the World. It has become the heartbeat of our company and inspired us to do the hard things that must be done to win. As you know winning doesn’t come easy—and when you’re in the heat of competition, remaining positive can be even harder.
How does be positive manifest itself in the day-to-day world of ministry?
Well, it starts with rooting out those things that undermine success. Things like habitual complaining. For my teams, we put the kibosh on complaints. That doesn’t mean we don’t have disagreements, it just means we work together in a positive way to form workable solutions to problems that may exist. Greater still, we thank each other for constructive candor and work to cultivate a sincere culture of gratitude. We believe in winning together, which means we pursue what is best and strive to achieve it.
How does PAR achieve its goals in such a meaningful way?
The answer can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Life is tough. We experience difficult situations. Consequently, it’s easier said than done when we think about what it takes to be and remain positive…but it’s worth it. I love this quote by Isaiah Hankel, he says:
Being positive doesn’t mean you live in Candyland. Positive people have real problems. They get angry. They challenge people and fight hard for what they believe in. Positivity is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about being strong. It’s about being self-aware and accountable for your emotional state.
Whoa. Marinate on that for just a minute.
God’s Word points to a perfect starting place for positivity—your own thoughts. Philippians 4:8 says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Positivity is not just about shifting our thoughts to what is true and admirable on Sundays. Positivity is a thought process that you enact in each phase of your life. This includes on Mondays as we prep for the busy week ahead. We are instructed to fix our thoughts on these things. Over time, this exercise becomes part of your routine, and later, you!
Think of it this way—our thoughts become our words. We have heard that out of the overflow of our heart (thought life) come our words. As we are fixing our thoughts on what is good, and fair, and right, those same things will come out of our mouths. Proverbs tell us, “A gentle [kind] answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Positivity disarms frustration. That’s why we intentionally cultivate a culture of gratitude. We lead the way by choosing to uplift one another.
Our words have an impact on our behavior. We begin to live in a state of gratitude and thankfulness. This does not mean that we ignore the negative; it means we OVERCOME the negative. Do this and others will begin to ask, “How are you able to remain joyful and thankful throughout this difficulty?” This alone opens the door for you to spread the positive vibes to others…because you have inspired them.
In closing, let me state that remaining positive throughout difficult seasons is radical, friend. Doing so is not the “norm.” However, remaining positive in a negative situation is not naïve, either…it’s leadership. When our thoughts are tuned into Him, we are empowered to do great things. We can change the world! Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” I certainly agree.
Thinking positive, believing in your goals and moving towards them, no matter what, will drive out the negativity. Your positive shine will quickly make you a bright light in a dark-lit world.
Dear Christian Radio…
- Being positive starts in your mind.
- Being positive means being intentional with your words.
- Being positive means choosing gratitude.
- Being positive means always moving towards the goal.
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