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This topic is adapted from the Katie Gregoire YouTube channel.

It is so easy to focus on the negative things in life. Katie Gregoire discusses the positive things we often take for granted and how to choose to be joyful.

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Noticing All the Small Things

So often we will let a negative event control our lives through the outlook we take away from it. When we look for negativity in, there is no problem finding it. But the same goes for positivity if we choose it. Katie responds to the question of how she is so joyful all the time by talking about how much there is to be thankful for. There are many small things in our lives that are easy to take for granted, but stopping to think about them and responding with a thankful spirit can bring a new outlook to our lives. Katie realizes all of the advantages to living in this day and age, modern medicine, legal rights, and freedoms that were not possible at other times in history are blessings we don’t often count.

Taking a Step Back to Relish in Creation

Katie explains that simply taking a step away from what is causing her sadness or stress to go outside and take in God’s creation can bring us joy. Joy can be found in the beauty of what God created for us and give us perspective larger than ourselves. Not only does Katie relish in the creation of nature, but she takes a moment to pause and think about the uniqueness of every single person on this earth. We have all been made by God as unique individuals and while we may not have what someone else has, the same can be said for them. Things that we complain about so often are what makes us each our own person. While we may not like everything about ourselves, we are God’s creation and there is so much joy in that.

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Choosing Positivity

In looking at all of blessings in her life, Katie makes a conscious decision to find joy and positivity in the world. She is not denying the bad things that exist, but instead choosing to enjoy the many blessings that come from being a person created by God. It is not always something that comes easy, but we can all find good things in our lives and even just in our existence as completely unique individuals. Choosing to have a joyful life is possible for all of us, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, because we have a creator who loves us and who has given us something to live for in this life.

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Written content for this topic by Andi Dolinsky-Webb.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What triggers the most negativity in your life? What are ways you can combat this with positivity?
  4. Read Isaiah 64:8. What does it mean to be made by the hand of God?
  5. What are some ways you can step back to enjoy creation in your life?
  6. With all of the turmoil in our world, how do we stay positive while staying informed?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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