A Positive Position

I had the pleasure of having my 4-year-old nephew over to stay the other day. My sister was going out and we were looking after him. He’d never stayed over at Uncle Cam and Aunty Linda’s before so seemed quite excited.

As the day went on I realised something about my nephew. Every time I asked if he would like to do something he would always answer, “Yes! I can do that!”

To begin with it was just small things, like doing up his seatbelt or washing his hands. But then I realised it was also in response to things he had never done before.

We ended up cleaning out our chicken coup – not the most exciting job for adults but always of great interest to the children. Clearly this is not something he had done before but when I asked if he would like to help he immediately said, “Yes! I can do that!”

Whether it was scooping up the dirt or laying out the straw, my nephew was always willing and ready. He always came from a positive position.

It was so refreshing!

Imagine if we had the same perspective as my nephew. Imagine if every time someone asked us to join in on something we embraced the new opportunity with positive enthusiasm rather than negative scepticism.

As adults we can get very settled in our own ways. But this often means that when we feel a prompting from God or a call to expand our faith, we are instantly hesitant rather than immediately hopeful.

Let’s not confine ourselves to our past experience but be open to all the new experiences that God has in store for us.

Lord, You have given us each new day. May we make the most of every opportunity that comes our way. Amen.

What are you hesitating over at the moment?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.