On Being a Positive Realist
"Then he [Jesus] touched their eyes and said, 'According to your faith will it be done to you,' and their sight was restored."1
I like to think I am a positive realist. For example, if I've been hit by a Mac truck all the positive thinking in the world won't take away the pain. But if I am a positive realist, I will acknowledge the fact that I've been hurt real bad, but with God's help and the best medical help I can find I will do all in my power to overcome what has happened to me.
One's thinking does make a big difference. If you keep telling yourself and believing you will overcome, chances are you will make great gains much faster than if you keep telling yourself all is lost.
As Baudjuin said, "To be ambitious for wealth, and yet always expecting to be poor; to be always doubting your ability to get what you long for, is like trying to reach east by traveling west. There is no philosophy which will help man to succeed when he is always doubting his ability to do so, and thus attracting failure. No matter how hard you work for success, if your thoughts are saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors, and make success impossible."
It is still true, "According to your faith it will be done to you."
Suggested Prayer: "Dear God, please give me the faith to overcome every setback, problem, and challenge that I am facing in my life. With Your help, grant that I will become a better man/woman as a result of having faced and overcome these trials. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Matthew 9:29-30.