Accentuate the Positive


Many of you will be familiar with the Johnny Mercer song, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive”, inspired when Mercer or his agent heard an African-American preacher on the subject.

One of the many books in my collection tells me that those who are considered “High Achievers” stay positive in achieving their goals. They do not allow the mistakes of yesterday to hinder today. We need to replicate this idea and we have a brilliant starting point. “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) James told his readers “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) The suspicious among you are asking what do I want to confess: many things but not necessarily in a public document.

With these two things in mind we can always make a fresh start and should encourage each other to keep going. Half the art of success is recognising when this attempt is never going to work and ditching it so you can start sooner on one that is. Having a partner who will critique your ideas is no bad thing and to say keep going when you feel like giving up. It is believed that on of the reasons geese honk when they are flying is to encourage the leader to keep going.

The church in Laodicea was warned, “because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:16) Cue Johnny Mercer, “Eliminate the negative, don’t mess with Mister In Between.”

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