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Why I Believe in Positive Thinking

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I’m not a fan of what’s often called a “positive thinking” or “possibility thinking” theology That is, to say that we’re all basically good and just need to realize the power of the good within us could be referred to with the theological term, baloney. We’re depraved and sinful and desperately wicked. We need a Redeemer and a Savior, found only in the person of Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection.

Having said all of that, I do believe in the power of positive thinking to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others for a very simple reason, rooted in good common sense best spoken by Zig Ziglar…

Positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Now that makes sense. I also like the way Paul put it in Philippians 4:8:

Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (NLT)

I like positive thinking. The alternative kinda stinks.

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  • http://drayburn.wordpress.com Dusty Rayburn

    "That is, to say that we’re all basically good and just need to realize the power of the good within us could be referred to with the theological term, baloney."

    Amen!

    God is good! God can do good through us.
    .-= Dusty Rayburn´s last blog ..Are You a Captive? =-.

  • Kerrie Smith

    Oh, I just love Zig Ziegler and the way he sums up things. I don't understand how people can think that we're basically good because if we were, then Jesus would have wasted time on us, wouldn't He? I'm sorry about getting deep, but I often wonder if we sometimes get caught up in the trap of thinking we're great or we can do things better than other people, too? I'm so happy that God sees through us and He knew we would never get it right. I'm also happy that He can work through us. He uses ordinary humans like ourselves to do extraordinary things if we just let Him use us. I think another Scripture that matches this is in Philipians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

  • http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com Kevin M.

    I am totally with you on this Brandon! As Christians, negativity should not have a place in our lives.
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Is that contestant on American Idol a Christian Scorecard =-.

    • Gerard

      Wait a minute! Brandon believes in “Positive Thinking” and Kevin M. says, “As Christians, negativity should not have a place in our lives.”

      What????

      Brandon wrote in his post: “We’re depraved and sinful and desperately wicked.” He offers one solution. As do the Muslims, etc. If we’re what Brandon says we are, or any book he believes says we are, that’s as good a reason as any as to why negativity should have a BIG place in the lives of Christians.

      Read the BIBLE…the WHOLE THING…tell me it’s not the most negative collection of writings that there could possibly be. And don’t write about the “Saviour” as we already know what has been written: “Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the road is spacious that leads to destruction, and many people are entering by it.” (NIV) Doesn’t sound very positive to me!

      • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

        But it is, bro. It is if you realize that a false positivity is based on being naive about eternity and real positivity is based on the end result of a redeemed life.

  • http://highlyfavored.affiliateshelpdesk.com Kiesha @ Highly Favored

    I’m adding this new term “baloney” to my lexicon right now! :) I actually tend to see the good in people – but you’re right that we are can be pretty awful.
    I know one thing, I wouldn’t last 60 seconds if I didn’t think positively – I have to look on the bright side, otherwise things seem to grim.
    :)
    .-= Kiesha @ Highly Favored´s last blog ..Be a blessing: Let your light shine =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      That’s right. And if you want the Greek, it’s balogna… ;)

  • Gerard

    “…being naive about eternity..”

    How ironic. I can’t agree with you, but peace to you as a fellow traveler on this flying ball of dirt and water.

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    Positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

    I strongly agree with this quote. I choose to fill my mind with positive thoughts rather than negative thoughts that will kill my beliefs.