Updated: Aug 12, 2019
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
One look at the daily news feed leads us to believe many bad things are happening in the world. The media like to cover the exceptional and usually the exceptionally negative things happening in our world. In their defense, some of them do try to put out inspirational stories, but in general, they are mostly bad news sources.
One look at many social media posts suggests that we as a society have a hard time seeing the good in others. We typically see the negative and find ways to be critical of those who think differently than we do. We post snarky comments and memes on our feeds and then seem surprised why people get upset. If you are like me, you spend a lot of time trying to ignore the inflammatory snark out there.
I thought since it is the week of Thanksgiving I would put out a challenge. I want to challenge you to refrain from the negative and the political. Instead, find ways to post the good you see in the world around you or others. What if we took this one week to flip the script of negativity? What if we took time to be thankful for others and appreciate the good around us?
Here are my top 7 posts suggestions for Thanksgiving week.
"Find ways to post the good you see in the world around you or others."
Post a picture of something beautiful or someone beautiful. I like amateur photography. I take a digital camera with me on hikes since there is so much beauty around us. If you take pictures on your phone or camera why not post some of those inspirational moments.
Post a comment about a friend you appreciate. Too often we wait until a funeral to say nice things about people or thank them. Why not try doing it why they are alive and can be appreciated. We all have times we regret not saying something positive or a word of thanks. Don't let the opportunity pass you by this week.
Post a positive Bible verse that reveals the beauty of God or others. Many Bible verses could be used out of context to point out sins in others. That is not what I am suggesting. There are also some pretty horrible things that happened in biblical histories, like Jael and her tent peg (Judges 4:21). I am not suggesting those either. Leave your snark aside and look to the Psalms or New Testament letters.
Post about something you are grateful for today. It could be something as simple as a cup of coffee that wakes you up in the morning or a book you found inspirational.
Post an inspirational quote from a friend or someone you admire. One that is positive and looks for the good around us. Try to avoid the political or negative quotes calling people out. I realize some of us will still be tempted to do this and squeeze in a little snark.
Post a picture of a meaningful gift you have received. It could be as simple as a friendly note someone gave you or a friend who donated a kidney! I always find that meaningful gifts can be inspirational to others.
Post pictures of your family and tell them how grateful you are for them. I left this one for last because it is our default comment around the Thanksgiving table. It is still a great thing to be grateful for our families.
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