Why I Pray
After spending about fifteen minutes complaining about her life and all that was going wrong in it, she asked me, “how do you stay so positive?” My response, “I pray.” Then she asked, very sarcastically, “why, why even bother?” To say that I was shocked or even bothered by her asking why would definitely not be telling the truth. To be perfectly honest, I am no longer bothered or agitated when people question my ability to stay positive or, in this case, why I bother praying. I actually thought it was rather ironic that she would question my positive attitude amidst her complaining, frustration and negative attitude. Now, are there times when I’m not so positive…absolutely. But those times are happening further and further apart. The older I get, the more I come to realize what is really important in my life. For me, that is my faith, my relationship with God, my family and my true friends.
Each day I wake up, turn on my television or browse the internet, I am being constantly fed the negativity that has begun to blanket this world. Here and there, I will find a few newsworthy bright spots. However, it seems that the negative definitely outweighs the positive. So here is my response to her “why” question: The way I see it, I can continue to contribute to the negativity of this world by complaining about all the things that are going wrong with the world, with my life, with my job, my family, etc., and in the process negatively impacting my own health and peace of mind or I can pray. I can pray for peace, positive outcomes, a clear heart and mind. I can pray for my family, for my children and for my students. I can pray to see the goodness in others rather than assuming the worst about them. For me, prayer helps me to keep the truth about my real identity in constant, unbroken focus before me. Prayer also makes me aware of all of the resources and strength and protection God has already placed at my side. It works for me. It may not be for others but if you find yourself in a constant negative state, you might want to give prayer a try.
Know your worth…:)