It was 1945. I was only three years old and didn’t know much about war. I didn’t understand hate. I didn’t know what it was all about, but I did love the music of that time period. My parents both had wonderful voices and knew all the song lyrics of the era. They sang along with them as the big bands pushed their way through our old console radio.
That radio was the source of the entertainment in our home for many years. We’d sit and watch as the green light became visible. We sat waiting in anticipation for stories about the Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet and Inner Sanctum – which truly scared me to death.
Because of the seemingly endless war, we’d also listen to the news, but a three year old couldn’t make sense of any of it. My world was filled mostly with happy thoughts. I was queen of the house by then and had everyone eating out of my hand.
There was one song, written by Johnny Mercer, that stuck in my brain and carried me through some tougher times as my little life grew up. The positive influence in our lives can come from many different things. We can be affected by people who have great ideas and high ambition. We might be influenced by a mentor who shows us our own talents. We could also be won over by someone with beauty or wisdom.
The song tells us to eliminate the negative which could be anything that turns us off. It could also be an opinion, a thought, an attitude or something we do. Messing with Mr. In Between is probably not wise because you aren’t really taking a stand one way or the other.
Hatred and anger are things we learn as grow. Those negative feelings aren’t there the minute we come out of the womb. They’re nurtured and fed by those who surround us and what we’re exposed to. Those emotions, just like love and joy, must be learned. If we get steeped in the negative, we’ll surely fall closer to Mr. In Between and further from our Heavenly Father.
There is no in between when you’re committed to the Word of God. You either believe it or you don’t. So, you’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum, bring gloom down to the minimum. Have faith, or pandemonium’s liable to walk upon the scene.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller