Positive Thinking

Someone asked George Shearing, great jazz pianist, if he had been blind all his life. “Not yet,” he quickly replied. In this day of medical miracles, who knows when the blind might be able to see? At any rate, one will not have been blind all of his life until that life is over.

It is certain that all who enjoy life, regardless of conditions, have the “not yet” attitude. Things can always improve. God is still alive and well. A Christian has the brightest outlook and the fondest hope of any mortal.

Paul wrote, “So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12-13).

To “work out” (katergazesthe) is to “work on to the finish.” (A.T. Robertson). Robertson also says, “with fear and trembling” is not slavish terror but wholesome caution. Then he comments, “Paul has no sympathy with a cold and dead orthodoxy or formalism that knows nothing of struggle and growth.”

So, no matter what hand life deals, the Christian’s absolute trust in the Almighty is powerful fuel keeping a “keeping on” disposition of heart. Christians do not quit believing in the God who gave to them the precious life they have. DRS

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