May 31: What You Think Upon Grows Day

Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, in 1966May 31 is What You Think Upon Grows Day. The date was chosen to honor one of the pioneers of the modern positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, who was born on this day in 1898. Peale was a well known author, speaker, and pastor. In fact, he ministered at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over fifty years.

Personally, I don’t quite know what to think of this day. It’s true that the more you think on good things, the more optimistic you will feel, and feeling positive and confident will help in just about whatever you do. However, bad things still exist, and it doesn’t help anyone not to admit that. In addition, I’ve never liked  the combination of Christianity and pop-psych. Christianity is good and true, but it’s not a magic pill for all your problems.

Nevertheless, positive thinking and positive “self-talk” is a very powerful tool. It’s true that “what you think upon grows,” so it only makes sense to think of the best things we can whenever we can.

“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.”

Philippians 4:8

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