Believers Should Embrace Optimism
on March 21st, 2012 in Spirit | No Comments
My industry allows me to work with a special population of people. People like the residents who live at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga. give me optimism as I read their stories and see their faces, imagining that the crevices I see our simply life’s experiences etched across their skin. They give me hope that with the right attitude and wisdom, I can one day wear my many experiences too. When I encounter many of our residents, their spirits shine with optimism. Regardless of their decreased mobility or health issues, the glass always seems half full. I received a interview recently on a resident who is turning 100 years old next week. Her daughter shared with us in the interview, that when asked how she feels, her mother always replies, “I am still here.” While humorous, I believe her reply is founded in wisdom.
I have been more conscious of my attitude towards life recently. I am doing my best to go about life seeing the glass half full as well. I have decided to fully embrace optimism, shying away from negativity and negative people if I have too. We all have encountered folks with the “life stinks, and there is no way to freshen it up” persona. If we think about, I am sure we have all been that person at some point in our lives. Maybe nothing was going right or according to your plan. Maybe there was a layoff. Or perhaps a marriage you thought would always be, but no longer was. Maybe your finances were in shambles. Maybe you lost someone dear to you.
It is hard to see when the rain is pouring. I have certainly been in the “rain” with no raincoat, umbrella, not even rain-boots. But, the one thing that has kept me optimistic through life’s ups, downs and turnarounds was God’s Word. His Word is also his promise to all of his believers.Believers must be optimistic because God calls us to be. We are all assigned to spread the “good” news. We are assigned to speak positively because of our faith in God. Paul said, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29 NKJ) I really like the NIV’s interpretation of this scripture, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)
However, I do understand sometimes life will introduce you to dark places, and it is hard not to be pessimistic. But, we must not be distracted by deception. The enemy is a deceiver and wants us to stay in the darkness because he has seen the beauty of the light, but no longer can. The enemy needs company in his misery. And guess who he is preying on? Each and every one of us.
People who exhibit negative thinking and situations that exude negative energy are what the enemy wants us to focus on because if we are focused on the darkness, we will be blind to the light. But, remember humans can not see in the dark. God’s intention for us is not to live in the dark.
I encourage you to go about your life optimistic manner. Equate optimism with God’s light. Be careful of the energy you produce and the energy you allow in. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” (Proverbs 4:23-24) Regardless of your situation God sent his son to overcome everything in this world many, many years ago. Jesus won and because we are believers we are also winners. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:25-35)
Think of it like this, even if the glass is almost empty, it is only almost empty. Regardless of what life hands you, remember that God is always there to help you handle it. Keep your head up, and your thoughts towards the God’s light.