Joseph Conrad’s early novels about Far-East seafaring adventures soared with excitement and positive-thinking. When he later wrote, world-conditions had worsened and darkened his mood into pessimism. Then he wrote of the loneliness and hopelessness beleaguering humanity. He feared what posed a present threat and what could occur beyond the grave. Chronicles of the Twentieth Century, 325
Nothing of the sort occurred with Jesus, despite facing daily scenes of despair. Despite confronting a leadership whose hatred of him would within 40 years bring history-long destruction of the nation, to be removed only in 1948. Despite teaching magnificent doctrines that no one person, and no one group and not the combined brains of all believers in history have exhausted.
Optimism, like compassion, proved as natural to Jesus as sums to mathematicians, as speculation to philosophers, as intelligence to IQ, as harmony to musicians, as dollars to financiers. On the sensitive film of his soul developed and retained only the sharpest images of unaltered and original Power-of-Positive thinking. All of which came from “the power that enables him to bring everything under his control....” Philippians 3:21.
All who believe only in themselves have the right to uncertainty and pessimism in life. All who believe in and trust Jesus have the right to positive thinking because we KNOW him who has “all authority over heaven and earth.” Matthew 28:18-20