It seems in today’s world we as people are being separated into different classes whether it be gender, race, social status, politics, etc. No matter the class, behavior should be a common. My side, your side, his side, her side, upside, downside, inside, outside, no side. No matter the side you find yourself on, hate, bitterness and grudges will diminish the quality of your life and those around you. Spewing negativity not only pushes thoses whom you may consider advesaries away, but it also pushes those who care about you away. Who want’s to be around a cranky person? Believe me, I have my moments, especially when the aches and pains are having a field day, or things go wrong on a job, but being negative and cranky never helps, never has and never will. Life is too short to live a life this way. The decision of how we act and how we react is ours and we have to live with the decisions we make, good, bad or indifferent and the kicker is that our loved ones, friends, family and our children to some extent are also affected by and have to live with the decisions and actions we take, whether good or bad. Do I have anger issues…..ha! I’m not pointing fingers. Only God knows how much I fight them and at times I do let frustration take over and let anger raise it’s ugly head, but I do believe as the Bible says that you can “be angry and sin not.” Not saying that is or has always been my case, thank God for forgiveness and grace. Mostly my anger is aimed at satan, because he is the one always stirring the pot, poking the sore spots with a stick, usually using unknowing individuals such as me and you. The Bible tells us he is “the author of confusion”. Did I mention that life is too short for negativity, anger, bitterness, strife, grudges etc, just look at the lives that have been cut short in your community or adjoining communities, I know you know someone who’s life was taken unexpected. There are always bigger fish to fry, there will always be those in more dire situations than we ourselves are at any given moment. Their are people you and I know who fight and struggle daily just to survive, just hoping for some kind of normal. I have a daughter-in-law who fights a horrible disease on a daily basis (ms) and not only has to contend with a horrible disease, but also equally horrible people. Examples: one evening she was going to her pickup in her wheel chair after a college class when someone on purpose swerved and hit a mud puddle to splash water on her. Another time as she was at the train station a young boy laughed and made fun of her because she couldn’t walk and his dad laughed with him. (They happened to be black), but it was people of all races and genders who cut in front of her, impeding her ability to exit the train until a train employee stopped them and allowed her to exit. This is just an example of how our world is becoming. I plead with you, don’t add to it, don’t be one of these people, be a positive. Examine yourself, examine your life and choose to be a positive influence in your own life and those around you. It will make a diffference. You don’t have to be fake to be positive, you do not have to let people abuse, take advantage of nor run over you to be respectful and you don’t have to be mean and negative to be truthful. Anyone can be a mean mouthy bully (and my mouth can be as big as they come as my foot gets stuck in it quite often), but it takes a man or woman to show restraint and cordial respect. I am using my daughter-in-law as an example because she is a positive and at the same time to make people aware of what handicap people deal with. Yes it frustrated her to be splashed and made fun of, but she desired prayer for those people instead of retaliation (I honestly cannot say the same for me or Randon). She has fought ms from an early age, enduring more than several people should have to in a life time, missing out on things others take for granted…..such as the simple act of walking unhindered. She has had multiple operations including both shoulders from wearing them out from pushing a wheel chair and yet remains one of the most positive people I have ever met. There is more to life than strife and drama, there is peace and contentment …….somewhere. It is up to us to seek it out grab hold to it and hang on. I believe it would do us all good to spend less time seeking out the former and more time with loved ones seeking the latter. I challenge you today to be sincerly positive, not just superficial. Be positive in your daily life, in your contact with others, in your actions, in your reactions to others and situations. It is our choice to leave a negatitive legacy of bitterness, hate, strife etc. or we can leave a legacy of being positive, of speaking and doing right, choosing to uplift instead of put down, to encourage instead discourage, to be a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block. Being positive takes work, being negative is the easy way out and is man’s natural reaction. Note: When you are not sure what road to take, always take the high road.