My Mom Always Had Positive Words For The Graduates…But This Applies To EVERYONE!

I posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago. Wanted to share these words with a few more folks. 


This is long so bear with me. For the last couple of weeks I have TRULY enjoyed seeing all of the pictures on Facebook and hearing about all of the accomplishments of the kids of my friends. From pre-k to med school, there have been so many reasons to celebrate. Those kids who made honor roll and graduated with honors and those who have a gazillion scholarships to any college they want…absolutely amazing! I love it and I am in awe. I say congrats to not just the kids, but to the parents as well. Good job!

For those of you who knew my mom, you know she was frequently asked to speak to the graduates at church (St. John Missionary Baptist in the “big city” of Bastrop, Louisiana) or speak to her students at Delta High School.  For those who don’t know my mom, she spent 38 years as a biology teacher and guidance counselor at the SAME rural, north Louisiana school.  And she ALWAYS had something positive to say to everyone.  I have numerous folders of her handwritten speeches that I will always cherish. She was fond of a lot of writings by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale because of his positive thinking. In 2003, she gave a short tribute at church to the 2003 graduates who were members of St. John. She credited Dr. Peale and used some of his thoughts from “Be A Positive Thinker” and combined it with some of her thoughts. I decided to share it with you below. I think this applies to all of us, not just graduates.

Mom was always hosting or emceeing some kind of event or activity.

Mom was always hosting or emceeing some kind of event or activity.


STOP SPEAKING IN NEGATIVES.  Begin to speak positively. How you speak determines how you think. Do not say it is going to rain and be a BAD day. Instead say, we are going to have a WONDERFUL rain today. There is no such thing as a bad day. It is going to be a good day. Repeat the affirmation three times every day: “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. [Psalm 118:24]. Every day say it aloud. I have two choices for this day; to be happy or to be unhappy. I choose to be happy. Look for every opportunity to speak the good word. Say something hopeful and optimistic to every you come in contact.

SPEAK ALWAYS IN POSITIVE TERMS ABOUT EVERYTHING, ABOUT EVERYONE AND ABOUT YOURSELF. With use of the Christian values you can take charge of your thoughts (and of your life). Fill your mind full of God and there will not be room for negative thoughts. Every day say, “By God’s grace and through HIS help…I am greater than ANYTHING that can happen to me. And remember always “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” “If God be for us, who can be against us?” God controls, God is in me. God is guiding me, God is giving me victory.

And then mom ended it by saying: “We salute you the class of 2003 (2015)–we are proud of you and we wish you continued success.”


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