When we’re talking about reports on our physical health, the idea of a false positive first brings relief and then, possibly, irritation.

You’re relieved that more accurate tests show there’s not a crisis after all, but you’re irritated that you were frightened for no reason.

My own experience in the area of emotional detox and learning to take command of daily emotional/cognitive inputs has led me to the opposite phenomenon.

Let me explain.

I begin every day with scripture memory and review. Then guided Bible reading. Then a carefully selected Twitter stream.

I started the Twitter stream because I noticed, among hundreds of Twitter accounts that I followed, that some people regularly had positive things to say. They spoke the truth in hopeful ways. I discovered that if I focused on these positive confessions of truth and encouragement, they would speak powerfully to my emotions and the day would go better for me (I would meet the challenges of the day in a more consistently life-giving way).

I cannot exaggerate how critical it is that we take charge of our daily inputs—the emotional and cognitive statements of truth (or not truth) that go into our brains. Some need to be cut off. Some need to be filtered. Some need to be transformed.

But we need to be much more careful about what enters our brains than most people typically are.

And here’s where the problem of a false positive comes in.

Unlike when talking your health, where a false positive is good news, a false positive in daily inputs—where we embrace “truth” that is not true—is deceptive and, ultimately, deadly.

It has been said that the devil’s lies are most deadly when they are 98% truth and 2% lie.

The 98%, in the way most people think, validates the 2% that is designed to poison us.

You’ve experienced this, I’m sure.

Here’s the challenge before us:

How do we embrace the 98% (and remember, even the most truthful, mature person you know, is not going to be speaking 100% truth no matter how hard he or she tries), filter out the 2%—and remain positive?

What do you think?

 

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