We’re concerned right now about N1H1. We’re washing our hands more, avoiding crowded waiting rooms, and quarantining those who do come down with the nasty bug. Why? It spreads easily and has a lot of impact.
There are two traits that will make or break a church, a family, or any kind of an organization. They both go viral and leave a recognizable mark upon their culture. They are simply two attitudes – one positive, the other negative. Oh, and one spreads faster than the other… guess which one!
Negativity spreads like the measles. It infects, lies dormant for a bit but soon rears its head in the life of its victim, tainting their outlook on things around them. It has to be treated intentionally and aggressively.
Positivity spreads too, though a bit more slowly. Both are spread the same way – contact between people. So if you’re the leader, your goals are these…
- Be positive, not negative.
- Bump into people, and spread the cheer.
- Determine the source of negativity and stop it.
- Get to more people than the negative folks, and get there faster.
- Require your key leaders to veer toward the positive also – set the culture.
- Watch for the subtle symptoms of negativity in your life.
- Vaccinate with the presence of positive people.
- Accept the risk of ministering to people hit with negativity.
Go. Get started. There isn’t any time to waste – somebody’s being negative already, so go viral on them with your positive bad self!