Today's reading

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. –Proverbs 18:21 NIV

August 27, 2023

What's the Difference?

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. –Proverbs 18:21 NIV

There’s a big difference between optimistic thinking and positive thinking. Optimistic thinking (denial) refuses to deal with or admit something is wrong. It refuses to see any outcome but success. Denial is a defense mechanism whereby a person does not acknowledge the problem. On the other hand, positive thinking is realistic. It is the belief that no matter how bad things look, something good will come from the experience. Denial will eventually bring disappointment, but thinking positively is rooted and grounded in hope. For Christians, thinking positively is rooted in the belief that God doesn’t lie. It refuses to believe anything contrary to God’s promises. “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28 GW). We might say one thing with our mouths, yet our hearts say something different. The mouth may proclaim positive words, but if the heart does not believe them, it is pointless. A denier may say, “My arm is not broken.” But, deep down, his heart and body know from the pain that this affirmation is simply not true. A positive believer would say, “My arm is broken, but I believe God promises to heal me.” We must think with a positive outlook, keeping hope alive and affirming God’s Word.

prayer focuses

Father, help me to keep my eyes focused on You as I work through difficulties today.

Father, I am so thankful that You work all things together for my good. Praise You, Lord!


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.