The Best Substitute

I am not enjoying the news much these days: too much anger, finger-pointing, and character assassination for my taste (how can the President be a socialist, a fascist, and communist all at the same time?). There is so much heartache in Haiti, not to mention fearsome terrorists seemingly everywhere. Besides, I continue to fight a stubborn infection and chest congestion.

So I am grumpy at times.

But I try to follow what Emmet Fox calls the Law of Substitution: “When negative thoughts come to you, do not fight them, but think of something positive.” Preferably, God.

For me, the only way to get rid of a certain thought, or mindset, is to substitute another one for it. Focusing on God, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, or love, or hope, or joy do the trick.  

This is not simply the Power of Positive Thinking. It is calling on the power that is always available to me, divine power, and letting it deal with “stuff” that seems, falsely, to be more powerful.

This is similar to what athletic teams do when a player gets overtired: call in a fresh substitute.

And what a substitute!

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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