Today's New International Version (TNIV)
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Human brains are just plain weird. We are probably the only species who can remember something negative forever. And then when it comes to positive things our brains act like a sieve. They used to say it takes two positives to make up for one negative. Recently, I heard this has been upped to four, FOUR! Four positives to make up for one negative!! I have to be honest and tell you that when I heard that I thought to myself, wow, what a bunch of babies we are!
I'm your average specimen of the species as mentioned. I have to admit it, I've tended to agree with the whole positive, negative thing. And maybe it is a good idea to practice saying four positive things when we say a negative thing. Some of us would never shut up...
Anyway...the point, as relating to the scriptures that I have latched onto today, is that it shouldn't be such a struggle to remember the things God has done for us. Do I really let negative things outweigh the positive things He has done? Is that even possible? Well, I have a human brain. It's possible. But as I read and contemplate these scriptures, I am determined to let the confidence...the experience...that I have outweigh any negative in my life. I want what God has promised.
And God is nice enough to us of the human species to start us off every day with a positive. Enough positive to outweigh a whole day of negative, actually, if we let it...His mercies and compassions every single morning.