It is amazing how a single splinter can spoil your whole day. Even though it is small and apparently insignificant it makes a lasting impression and no comfort is found until the offending item is removed. Negative things are like that. It seems that a negative thought or a negative word will stay with you throughout the whole day. It is so easy to get stuck on a “not so merry-go-round” as we replay the problems, the mistakes or the pain others have caused us. A “negative” is about having something taken away, and we all suffer them from time to time. Jesus said that there would be negatives in our lives. “The thief comes only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
The devil is the ultimate minus sign. “-” He seeks to remove every good thing from you; he is out to take away every part of your life but Jesus is different…He is the plus sign “+” The Bible shows us that Jesus suffered the loss of everything He had, so that He could give us life. His death on the cross was the definitive action which guarantees the possibility of life for each of us. It is so easy to focus on the splinter; the negatives which take away from our lives, but I encourage you to look again at the possibility of the positive which can be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus adds value to life!