Is the water cooler half empty or half full? What are you doing standing there? God delivered the Israelites from slavery & Pharaoh’s rule; His commitment to them was taking them to the Promise Land. By day he guided them by a cloud, at night with fire. He provided manna from heaven and water from rocks. When they arrived at the border, Moses sent 12 spies to scout out the land; upon their return 10 had reports with a negative spin. The land flowed with milk and honey, but it was ruled by powerful men in large fortified cities!
“And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored… the land devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size… we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them.” Numbers: 13:32-33
Have you noticed that once one person has started complaining about work or the boss it's only a matter or minutes before everyone within earshot has put in their two cents. Negativity spreads like an infectious disease. And while some, most or all of the statements may be true (I’ve been there!) they are far from necessary. The most common response after a whining session is “well it makes me feel better”, but I have a hard believing that’s true.
Coughing up phlegm when you have a cough might provide some relief for an hour or so, but the reality is there is plenty more where that came from. Yes, I’m comparing negativity to phlegm, because while you may have a few moments of gratification after sharing your negative thoughts with the office, complaining will not heal you. In fact, the more you cough, the higher the risk of infecting the whole office. And while misery may love company, it sure makes for a long day and a miserable work environment.
When you feel a coughing spell coming on, take a sip from the water cooler and ask yourself what seas God has parted for you. Are you are dwelling solely on the negative instead of remembering all the positive things God has done for you?
Stoplight Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank you for providing me with the opportunities I have at work. Please help me set my mind on things above and not on earthly things.
Still Hungry? Nehemiah faced overwhelming negativity when he was tasked with rebuilding the wall aroundJerusalemin Nehemiah 1 – 6.