This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Some of us oldsters might remember the ditty “Accentuate the Positive.” For the youngsters, the lyrics were, “You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative — don’t mess with mister in between.”
Norman Vincent Peale touted this theme in his best-selling book “The Power of Positive Thinking.”
Just today, I read that Pope Francis had released his “10 Tips for a Happier Life.” No. 8. is stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”
Paul of Tarsus could have been down in the dumps because of all the hardships he faced. If he had, the Christian church, as we know it, may not have survived. And yet he wrote in his letter to the Romans, Chapter 5, verses 3-5: “... we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance (produces) character; and character (produces) hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (NIV)
I would say that makes it unanimous ... we should try our best to be positive ... not negative. This is not always easy because it’s so easy to be a critic. Let’s call on the Holy Spirit to help. I’m positive it will help.