That may seem like a strange question. But when you consider all the negative events and news we’ve faced in recent months and years—both individually and as a nation—it really is something to think about. I say that because it’s so easy to allow negative things to invade our hearts and minds—our spirits. When that happens, we tend to listen more to what the world is saying—all the negative things—and ignore the positive, productive things God is saying to us through His Word and His messengers. We let what the world is saying and doing dictate how we live our lives.

God has called each of us, as members of the Body of Christ, to make a positive impact on the world by sharing the good news of His Word around the world. To do that, we must have a positive influence—a Source greater than man from which we hear and receive good things and not negative. Matthew 6:33, the New Living Translation, tells us to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” That promise encourages and strengthens us daily.