Practically “Positive” in Every Way

There was a book that came out a while back called “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. It is highly regarded and has sold over 20 million copies. I didn’t read it.

Since I didn’t read it, I can only talk about my experiences when it comes to staying positive and how that directly affects our worship and walk with Christ.

A few days ago, I was driving to work enjoying the rainy, dreary day when a car swerved out in front of me and began to jump between lanes of traffic forcing other cars to slam on their brakes and in the rain, this is not an ideal situation. I found myself immediately yelling “what the f” and stopped myself mid-sentence. (I was going to say fudge if anyone was wondering)

I immediately had this verse pop into my head:

Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

I also had the memory of my sister forcing me to say three positive things every time I said something negative.

Instead of yelling “what the fudge is wrong you, you idiot driver!” I found myself saying three good things instead “Thank you, Lord, for protecting me as I drive, thanks for the rain, and thanks for the coffee I am drinking.” (That last one was easy)

I don’t always do this. I don’t always remember to speak life over people and honestly, most of the time it is easier to speak death over someone or just complain and get it over with.

I’m currently working on checking my attitude a lot. It’s easy to be negative, but I like myself better when I focus on the positive. That’s why worship is so important! It takes us out of our focus being on the negative and puts our attention on something or someone that’s always good and always positive.

So I encourage you, give it a try some afternoon. Whenever you think or say something negative about something or someone turn it around and think of three positive things to say instead. Shift your focus. You may like it.

Kendall Crawford
Relentless Grace Church