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JOHN 14:15-21; (AS BUILT; #259, 5-21-17)

“Positive”

The year is 1970…. and Steve is graduating of the University of Maine… with a Bachelor of Arts degree…. Steve wants to be a teacher… he wants to overworked and underpaid…. And guess what in a year, he got his wish! He hired by Hampton Academy… his hours were longggggg…. And his pay… was shorttttt! And to top matters off, his wife, Tabetha was a teacher too, unfortunately she was unemployed and worked at Dunkin Donuts… together they made 6500 per year….not month…. Year! They lived in a double wide… in which they barely made the notes… they had a 7 year old car… and well, they use to have phone service…. But lack a payment has a way, of disconnecting certain things… and when things got tough….and they DID…. Steve began to drink some, then too much so…. and at times he would remind his wife, that he would love to be a writer! So she urged him to take up the art… SHE WANTS STEVE TO BE POSITIVE…he entered a contest in the paper about writing an article… so entered the contest and wrote an article called…. ‘I am a teenage grave robber’! It failed… miserably! And so did the hopes of Steve…but his wife, urged him to move on, to move forward…and so he wrote a book called… Blaze, and he ask publishers to publish it…after reading it, they wrote back… ‘boring’! He, Steve said, he would try one more time…and he writes a second book… ‘Making it happen’…. Publishers informed him, ‘not with us’! She begged him to stay, POSITIVE…He wrote a third book, called the ‘running man’, though it became a hit with Arnold Schartzenaggar… and was about Steve’s life in a way… it was a book about a poor man, trying to support his wife and child…and decides to enter a game show, that pays HUGE MONEY if you win, but if you lose, it takes your life….needless to say, at the time… it did not sell either! So much so, that Steve had about called it quits… and his wife reminded him….BE POSITIVE… Steve, you must REMAIN true to your dreams… to be a writer! Well, Steve did write one more book, but decided not to publish it, so he placed it in a drawer and his wife finally came across it….and convinced him, to once again, REMAIN loyal to your dreams…and so, he sent it out…it was called Carrie, about a young girl with special powers… this time, they offered him 2500 to publish it… with royalties if it sells… well, 2500 goes a LONG way when you only make a little over 6k to begin with…well, the book hit…and he received over 400,000….and now Steve is REMAINING true to his dream… he has written numerous books… The Shining, The X Men, The Green Mile…. Steve is so popular, that he has become one of the greatest writers of our day…. And he is quick witted…once, when asked about having the heart of child, he said, he does…. It sits right on the corner of his desk! Yes, you know Steve and all the horror books he writes and for him…. that was a fitting answer… Yes, you know Steve…as Stephen King! ALL BECAUSE HE STAYS… POSITIVE!!!
THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT… REMAINING… POSITIVE!!! The Good Lord is trying to make sure HIS APOSTLES… STAY POSITIVE!!! They have just attended the Last Supper… the walk in possibly thinking that they are on top of the world, the APOSTOLIC WORLD… only to find out…they too will have to wash the feet of others… then the Good Lord informs that someone will betray HIM… now doubt has creeped in… then if that is not bad enough…HE informs Peter he will deny HIM…not once, not twice but three times!!! Their ‘rock’ is fracturing before their very eyes… and that is not the end…. HE holds up a piece of Bread and states, THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU… crucified!!! The apostles are literally coming apart at the seams…. This is why the Good Lord is imploring them to stay, POSITIVE!!!
If you keep the COMMANDMENTS… ALL 10… DO YOU KNOW THE 10… I WILL BE WITH YOU AND YOU WILL BE WITH ME… no worries, stay POSITIVE!!!
THOUGHOUT SCRIPTURE….those who stayed POSITIVE … not only survived anything and everything…. But now have a seat at HIS HEAVENLY TABLE…. Who better to show what it means to stay POSITIVE… than Joseph!!! By a mere dream…. A dream mind you… to take Mary and Her Son…not his wife and son… Mary and Her Son…to another country!!! Not one time… did Joseph throw a tantrum… start cussing… kicking up his heels…always… ALWAYS POSITIVE!!! What about the Blessed Mother…. She watches Her Son…carry a cross 12 ft tall, 8ft wide… and received over 1000 wounds… from the minute of His judgement to the word, it is finished… yet not once…did She curse, yell, scream… throw a tantrum… judge or even sin… not one time…when they pushed HIM, cursed HIM, Crowned HIM, spit on HIM… she stayed POSITIVE… BECAUSE SHE KNOWS…HIS WILL BE DONE… THIS TOO SHALL PASS… AND HE WILL MAKE…HE WILL MAKE…ALL THINGS KNEW!!! So much so, SHE didn’t even go to the tomb…because SHE ALREADY KNEW… !!!
WELL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST… here we sit some 2000 years later…. Can you remain POSITIVE… when you struggle to makes ends meet… to pay bills… work is getting more and more challenging… can’t get contracts signed…worried about payroll… the rent… the doctor’s visit… my family, my wife, children….school, teachers, relationships… WILL YOU REMAIN POSITIVE!!! DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND…ALL THINGS…ALL THINGS.. COME THRU HIM…. Not a bird falls…not a bird falls to the ground…unless…UNLESS HE ORDAINS…and if HE DOES ORDAIN IT… so be it….HIS WILL BE DONE!! IS HE GOD…OR IS HE…not… is he a liar, lunatic… prophet…or is HE THE GREAT…I AM!!! YOU KNOW WHO HE IS… all things come thru HIM…you and I have no say…. NO SAY in our life, birth or death…so just how much control do we have… so why sooooo NEGATIVE…you are ruining other peoples, day…their lives… they get close to you and you pull them down!!! THIS MUST STOP… it is sinful…. Imprudent… to constantly and incessantly pull others down…like a vortex!!! You walk out those doors…you keep your head up… you tired, you hurt… been put down… feel like you have been thrown on the heap pile…. Have a pity party!!! NOW YOU DONE WITH THAT…. GET UP AND GET BACK IN THE GAME…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! KEEP THAT HEAD UP, PUT A SMILE ON THAT FACE… AND LET GOD BE GOD!!! STAY … POSITIVE… remember this… a poor attitude, is like a flat tire… if you don’t fix it…nothing changes!!! Stay POSITIVE!!!
Amen!!!

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