Nick was 21-years-old, big, strong and a very reliable employee. He got along well with everyone on the job...he worked in the railroad yards for his company for the past three years. He had one major problem, his attitude was chronically negative and he was known as the most pessimistic man on the job.
One summer day, on a Friday, his crew was sent home an hour early so they could celebrate the birthday of their foreman. All the workers left...except Nick who had somehow accidentally locked himself in a refrigerated boxcar which was empty. When he realized he was locked inside, he panicked! He beat on the doors until his arms & hands were bloody, he yelled until he was so hoarse he couldn't yell.
Aware of the danger, he knew the temperature in the unit was as low as 5 or 10 degrees Fahrenheit. He feared the worst...he knew he would freeze to death! He found a scrap of cardboard and scribbled a note to his parents: "Getting so cold. Body numb. If I don't get out soon, these will be my last words."
The Danger of Pessimism
They were...he was found in a fetal position, frozen! The autopsy revealed Nick's body temperature had lowered enough for him to die. BUT...the refrigeration unit was not even on! The time he froze to death the temperature in the boxcar never dropped below sixty-one degrees Fahrenheit! Only slightly less than normal room temperature. He had expected to die because he believed he would freeze to death.
Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Too many today are like Nick...fearing the worst! Do you expect failure or do you expect success? DO YOU BELIEVE FOR THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE?
"If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him" (Proverbs 26:27).