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The Most Positive Virtue (6 of 8)
Series: A Treasury of Virtues
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
This morning we're talking about the most positive virtue. And I declare that the most positive virtue is optimism. Don't you just love to be around people with a positive attitude, with an optimistic spirit? I heard about this elderly man who was about to repair the roof of his house. He was seen climbing a ladder with nails stuffed in his mouth and a hammer in his hand. Later a neighbor heard him praising the Lord. Curious, he walked over to the man's house and looked up toward the roof and said, "What's all the shouting about?"
The old gentleman said, "Well, I just swallowed a nail and dropped my hammer."
And the neighbor said, "Well, I can't see why you're happy about that."
"O, but I am!" the old gentleman retorted. "I'm thankful I didn't drop the nail and swallow the hammer!"
When I was in Jackson, Mississippi, one of our deacons came to see me one day, and he said, "I've got to tell you about a conversation I had with my mother." His mother was in her 90's and she had been real sick, but she was one of the most positive women that I've ever met in all of my life. I never heard her complain, and she always looked on the bright side of life.
And the deacon said, "Well, we were talking to mother yesterday and, you know, she's in her nineties and she's been so sick. And she's never talked one time about death, and she's never talked one time about her funeral. And so we decided we needed to broach the subject. And I finally said to her, Mother, don't you think we need to make some arrangements? "And she said, What kind of arrangements?"
And he said, "I began to talk to her about arrangements for the funeral. And mother, we hope you'll be with us for a long time, but we want to honor the desire of your heart when the tragic time comes that you're just not going to be with us anymore. But we don't know anything about your desires. Do you want ...
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