As a household, we decided that the year 2021 would be a year of positivity.
As we were sitting and complaining about some things that were going on around us, Erin suddenly declared, “This complaining ends in 2021.” And she was right—the world has enough negativity without us adding to it!
This declaration was reinforced for me yesterday when I read Psalm 141:3. “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Why would David bother asking the almighty God to watch over his mouth?
Probably because David realized how powerful words are, and how terrible we are at controlling them.
Think about it. How many things have you said that you have later regretted? And how much time have we wasted complaining about things that won’t/can’t change, instead of focusing on more productive things?
It seems like God should have better things to do than to stand watch over my mouth and stop me from saying stupid things, but thankfully He seems to think it’s important enough to do. So this year, I’m going to try and make His work easier by putting more effort into it myself.
Here are some positive things I can share with you today:
-Hannah’s son Emma got a great report from the doctor after his recent hospital visit!
-I just met with some local authorities to share about the foster care program, and am starting to recruit foster parents.
-Most of the Petros Zoe staff just got back from a leadership conference that has us fired up for the coming year. Exciting things are happening!
Being positive doesn’t mean I’m ignoring all of the hard things in my life. It doesn’t have to really change everything we say, it just changes how we choose to say it. Perspective is a powerful thing.
In the spirit of positivity, I have a car update for those of you who have been keeping up with our car problems. We are so thankful that the car worked all three days of the leadership conference, which is a miracle in itself! That same evening the conference ended, the car caught fire under the hood while Hannah and Emma were inside of it on their way home. Thankfully, they both got out safely, and we stood and watched nervously while they threw water onto the fire, and the car continued to try and turn itself on while the key wasn’t even in the ignition. Finally the battery died and things settled down again. The situation could have been way worse, so we are grateful it wasn’t! Needless to say, we will not be using that car again, and are now sticking to public transportation until we can get a new car. At least it has led to some entertaining walks home with our crew:
Do you want to join us in this year of positivity? Ask God to set a guard over your mouth, and see what happens!