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           Negative People

By Pastor Charles Twymon

   “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”                                                                                                            Romans 12:18

Have you ever met people who are just negative about almost everything? I’m sure you have! They’re in our families, on our jobs, in our social groups, and even in our churches. These are the naysayers, the haters, the cynics and pessimists, who seem to be bitter at life itself. They bring ants to your picnic and they rain on your parade. They always find fault with your plans and never encourage your dreams or goals. If you are optimistic about life, the pessimist can take the wind out of your sails and try to sink your ship.

Once an optimist said to a pessimist “Isn’t it a bright and sunny day?” The negative pessimist replied “Yes, but if this heat spell doesn’t stop soon, all of the grass will burn up.” Two days later, the optimist said to the pessimist “Isn’t all this rain wonderful?” The pessimist replied “Well, if it doesn’t stop raining soon, my garden will wash away.”

The next day, the optimist invited the pessimist to go duck hunting. The pessimist agreed, and so they went. The optimist wanted to show off his new pedigreed, registered, hunting dog that could do things that no other dog could do. The pessimist took one look at the dog and said “He looks likes a mutt to me.”

At that moment, a flock of ducks flew over. The optimist shot one of the ducks and it fell in the middle of the lake. He snapped his fingers and his new dog ran out on top of the water, picked up the duck, ran back on top of the water and dropped the duck at the optimist’s feet. The optimist turned to the pessimist and said, “Well, what do you think of my dog now?” The pessimist shook his head and replied, “The dumb dog can’t even swim!”

I’ve had to deal with my share of negative and pessimistic people, but I’ve learned that many of them just need to be washed and changed by the power of Jesus Christ. I don’t ask God to remove them from my life because I have learned, over the years, that negative people can keep you grounded.

My truck wouldn’t start and the interior lights were dim, so I opened the hood and disconnected the positive cable from the battery post. I cleaned both the cable and the post and reconnected them. Still, it wouldn’t start. So, I disconnected the ground or negative cable from the battery post and cleaned them both. After reconnecting them, I tried the starter again and, Varooom, it started right up. Proving, once again, how the negative makes the positive work.

So I’m not trying to get rid of all the negative/pessimistic people in my life. I’m just trying, with God’s help, to clean them up!!!