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Summary: Making the choice to live with a positive attitude

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Parting With Debbie Downer:

Learning to be Positive

Psalm 118:24

Debbie Downer Video Clip

In May of 2004, Saturday Night Live introduced the character of Debbie Downer to the world.

Debbie’s last name is taken from the Slang for Downer – which refers to someone who persistently adds bad news or negative feelings to a gathering, thus bringing down the mood of everyone around them.

In every skit, we find Debbie in a happy, joyful environment, and within moments she is bringing up horrible facts, or pointing out the negative in life…after every comment, you here the orchestra play…wah, wah…

The skit became an instant classic. People loved it because, as they say, comedy imitates life.

We all know people like Debbie. People who just bring others down. Sometimes we call them Debbie Downers, sometimes we call them Eeyore.

If they bring you down too much, you might not call them at all.

Maybe that personality describes you today. Maybe you tend toward the negative in life.

You’ve lost your joy, life never seems to work out for you, everywhere you look, you see unhappy tidings.

I have to admit, there are times in my life when I can get a little melancholy and see the glass as half empty, rather than half full.

About two months ago, I was telling a friend of mine about something that was going on in my life and in the middle of my story, she went…”wah, wah”.

I said, what was that for? She said, because you’re being a “Debbie Downer!”

She was right.

If that describes you today, then I want to encourage you to turn over a new leaf, starting this morning. With God’s help, you have the power to change your outlook.

Romans 12:2, says that we should be “transformed by the renewing of [our] mind.”

Ephesians 4:23 says, “let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.”

The question is: how we can become more positive in our lives.

Here are a few keys in choosing to be positive.

1. Ask God to help you

Dear God,

So far today, I’ve done all right.

I haven’t gossiped, and I haven’t lost my temper.

I haven’t been grumpy, nasty or selfish.

But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed and that is when I’m going to need a lot of help.

Life is difficult. We all have problems. We all have our battles to fight.

There are times that we feel so overwhelmed, we feel like we’re drowning.

But if you’re going to choose to live with a positive attitude, you’ve got to ask God for help.

In Chapter 4 of Philippians, Paul tells us to petition God with our requests.

In Chapter 3, Paul reminds us that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

2. Start your day off with the right mindset

Every morning, my grandpa wakes up and recites Psalm 118:24

“This is the day the Lord has made. [I] will rejoice and be glad in it.

It’s amazing what can happen in our lives when we are intentional about the way we chose to view life.

Everybody faces good days and bad days. How we choose to live will make all the difference.

“Attitude Is Everything” by Francie Baltazar Schwartz


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