Even though it sank on April 15, 1912, the Titanic is one of the most famous ships that ever sailed the sea, and of her 711 survivors, the unsinkable Molly Brown may be the most famous.
The difference between Molly and the other survivors is that she never embraced a “victim” mindset. She refused to yield to the emotional negatives of what she had been dealt; instead, she focused on how she could deal; and, she transformed the negative into a positive.
Molly stepped-up at a critical moment and took charge of her lifeboat. After being rescued, she refused to be defined by her personal loss and her near death experience. She chose, instead, to lead volunteer efforts on behalf of her fellow survivors.
Molly Brown never played Wheel of Fortune, but she knew the importance of letter placement and the power of vowels. Molly chose an E instead of an I and became BeTTER instead of BiTTER. This is the difference between a rose and a thorn. Some people complain that the rose bush is full of thorns, while others are happy that the thorn bush has roses.
Molly could have wasted the rest of her life bitterly trash-talking the crew of the Titanic, and she could have denigrated the engineers who designed the ship, but she chose the better path in life.
I’ll close with this BeTTER or BiTTER instruction from the Apostle Paul: Put away all bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and slanderous talk—indeed all malice. Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:31-32
*You might enjoy this brief “Molly Brown” clip.