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Accentuate the Positive


By Kelli G. Albright, POST Editor


Who would ever guess? A couple of nostalgic songs mentioned by two different writers in this POST. Columnist Terri Brummel mentioned Louis Armstrong's tender song "It's a Wonderful World" in her writing this issue. As I chewed on ideas for my own article the old Bing Crosby song lyrics of "Accentuate the Positive" started rolling around in my head. Here is a portion of that song. Get your fingers snapping:


You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive

E-lim-i-nate the negative

And latch on to the affirmative

Don't mess with Mr. In-between

You got to spread joy up to the maximum

Bring gloom down to the minimum

And have faith, or pandemonium

Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate his last remark

Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark

What did they do, just when everything looked so dark?

Man, they said we better ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive

E-lim-i-nate the negative

And latch on to the affirmative

Don't mess with Mr. In-between

No, do not mess with Mister In-Between

Do you hear me?


We warmly welcome back our columnist Wanda Hesse. She has faced many challenges but is an excellent example of being a day brightener to others.


In John Hubble's article, he writes about Divine appointments that involve encouragement, and sharing the Lord with others. He stresses that discernment and wisdom are so important, as well as confidence in Christ.


When my extended family and friends gathered for a belated celebration of life for my father a couple of weeks ago, the sharing included many of the tid-bits that made up the encouraging, hard-working, caring, and generous man that Dad was. This gathering was what it was supposed to be: a celebration of life.


Finally, the Bible tells us how to clear our heads and accentuate the positive:


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)

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