I have a fear. It is a legitimate fear. It is not something I have conjured in my mind. There is a good dose of reality associated with my fear.
I expressed the fear last week at the conclusion of the CrossPoint University spring semester orientation. After sharing my concern, many CrossPointer’s confirmed a similar trepidation. As a result, they asked me to blog about it this week.
What do I fear?
My fear is that as I grow older I will become grumpy. My concern is that as I age I will move toward negativity and cynicism.
What about you? Do you any of you have that apprehension? More than a few CrossPointer’s were nodding their heads in agreement as I was speaking about subject.
I have seen this happen so many times in ministry. For some reason, the older a person grows the more susceptible they are to negativity. Why is that? What is it about a person’s age that makes them so pessimistic?
Don’t get me wrong. Not every aging person is that way. Take my mother, for example. That woman seems to grow in her joy with each passing birthday. I know many other CrossPointers who are just like her; so not every aging individual is negative or critical. And neither do I want to be as I age.
I have been wrestling with this concern for some time. Just last week I listened intentionally to my conversations, and I was surprised at the number of negative or critical comments I made in a single conversation. It is so easy to be a complainer or whiner. I cannot speak for the rest of you, but I find myself bombarded with negative messages throughout my day – from individuals to the radio to the television news and the Internet. The identification of the negativity became so great I recently curtailed my listening and reading habits. I can already see how that move alone has made a big difference.
So, what is the key? What is the solution? What is the answer?
Obviously, the Scripture is the answer. God’s word has numerous instructions and commands about joy, hope and rejoicing. So, if the Lord is willing, let’s spend some time there this week.
Of course, your feedback is always welcomed and I look forward to the discussion throughout the week.