If you have ever been to an ocean beach and tried to dig a deep hole in the sand near the water, you find out two things quite quickly: 1) the sand falls back into the hole and 2) water will soon begin to fill the hole from below. You can dig all day and never make much progress. The hole either gets filled by the original sand or by the new water. Removing something negative from our life is very similar and equally difficult. Whenever we attempt to remove a negative from our life, we leave a hole. A hole wants to be filled. If we don't fill it with something positive, the negative will fall back in.
Lord, help me to find something positive to replace anything negative in my life.