Joseph Was Relentlessly Positive! – August 26, 2016
Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
James 1:2, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
The past few weeks I’ve been teaching a series titled, ‘Navigating Life’s Journey God’s Way!’ At Cottonwood Creek, we looked at 5 keys to success in life, from Joseph, found in the book of Genesis. If you missed the first four keys, you can find them on my daily blog.
The fifth key to Joseph’s success was that he was relentlessly positive! Time and time again, Joseph had the opportunity to hang his head, become bitter, compromise his character and become negative. However, Joseph refused to become negative. In the New Testament, James the brother of Jesus said in James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Although James wrote those words long after Joseph’s death, those words accurately reflected Joseph’s life. Joseph was relentlessly positive through every difficultly and knew that every trial made him a little stronger. And that’s exactly what Joseph meant when he told his brothers in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…” Now that’s being relentlessly positive.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D