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"A Word from Yogi Berra" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Dale Berra is the son of the famous baseball player and coach, the great Yogi Berra. He wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal about his father. Towards the end of the article, he talked about playing golf one day with his father and his brother.

Yogi was getting ready to swing at the ball and said, “I just know that I’m gonna hit the ball into the pond.” His brother said, “Now dad, you have to be more positive.” And Yogi said, “I’m positive that I’m gonna hit it in the pond.”

There is an interesting story in the book of Numbers, chapter 13. Moses picked out 12 men to check out the promised land and to give him a full report.

They reported back. Ten of them basically said, “The land is amazing. There is milk and honey, but we can’t conquer the land. They have giants over there. Huge giants. It cannot be done. There’s no way. Don’t even try it.” The report of the ten men was negative. The scripture says, “And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land. As a result, the Israelites stayed another 37 years in the desert before entering the promised land.” (Number 13: 1-33)

But two men, Caleb and Joshua, gave a positive and encouraging report. I just believe that it makes all the difference in the world to have a positive attitude. It makes such a difference to have faith.

The Apostle Paul gave this affirmation: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (I Corinthians 16:13) It really does make a difference. A big difference. I’m positive about it.

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