Power of Positivism

Written by BG Howard

March 27, 2024

While two parishioners (I’ll refer to as Mr. John and Mr. Terry) of a particular church were engaged in conversation following Sunday service, John posed a question to Terry about his desire to follow through with plans to start a small business.  Terry’s response was quite surprising given the fact he’d always been perceived as having an entrepreneurial spirit.  Described as an enterprising “go getter,” Terry had previously undertaken the process of starting three or four businesses but all eventually failed. 

The reason soon became rather obvious as the two gentlemen continued conversing and Terry began to speak on the events of his life.  Peculiarly enough, most everything that was spoken by him seemed to be enveloped in various aspects of negativity.  He concluded, “Nothing has ever gone right for me, no matter what I’ve tried to do.”

John’s response, uncharacteristically, didn’t contain the least bit of sympathy as his assessment of the friend’s circumstances had him flatly conclude, “That’s because you’re so negative.  If you start out in doubt and dwell in disbelief what other outcome can you really expect?”  Several minutes were exhausted with John specifying the significance of positive thought which would generally facilitate the same nature of general conversation.

It only makes sense that we, created in the image and likeness of God who simply spoke all that exists into being, would also have the power to speak blessings and curses upon our own lives.  Granted, people don’t posses the omnipotent ability of the Creator but the Word confirms in Proverbs 18:20-21 (KJV):  “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” 

This simply identifies the significance of spoken words as they are instrumental in “shaping” every aspect of life.  Essentially, if one expects positive occurrences but envelopes expressions of negative thoughts there can be no real expectation that his life would take a turn for the better.  Proverbs 13:3 (KJV) instructs:  “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life:  but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”  There are several verses throughout the bible that speak to both the importance and consequence of the words allowed to fall from one’s mouth.

Amazingly, you find that neither ambitious nor qualitatively successful individuals are ever eager to align themselves with people deemed as being negative.  Simply put, a person with aspirations of success doesn’t usually associate with people who have no desire to accomplish anything in life.

Negativity is like a poison that ultimately “kills” everything it touches in the sense that dwelling on the unfavorable concerns of any situation can literally result with the death of all plans, hopes, and interests.  It manifests itself in the form of a heaviness or weight that many often describe as a “dark cloud” over them.  But the truth of the matter lays in the fact these conditions are, more often than not, the result of a person’s speaking gloom into their own lives.

Unfortunately, God is the most common scapegoat in the face of trials conjured up by people who refuse to take responsibility for their words and actions.  Though they are the ones sentencing themselves to a life of dissenting results, the blame is conveniently laid upon the heavenly host.

Until a person is mature enough to accept responsibility for his or her choices; be it good, bad or indifferent, there is no liberation from the thought process that confines them to perpetually pessimistic viewpoints.  With the “luxury” of always being able to make everything someone else’s fault, one can never truly realize the power of positivism.  I could be wrong but it’s just something to consider.

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