1. a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
2.the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.
3.the belief that goodness pervades reality.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could actually make optimism a part of our every day lives? I think we probably all want to see the ‘glass half full’ and we all want to try to look for the ‘silver linings’ in our hardships – but honestly, that’s not easy. Even when we have faith. But faith is not always easy either.
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing
2. belief that is not based on proof
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion
The truth is, optimism – the ability to see things in a favorable light and expect the best – and faith – the ability to trust that is in control and always had good plans for us – go hand in hand. On our own accord, we can’t look at a terribly stressful circumstance and see it as good. We can’t be facing a painful situation, and muster up joy and peace. We can’t persevere day after day through difficulty, and find the strength to keep going.
But as we grow our faith, allowing God to fuel us every morning with peace and reassurance of His Presence, we can all be optimists. And optimism always leads to less stress.
I posed this question on page 142 of the book: Could it be that the way you perceive the problem, deal with the problem, and live with the problem is actually part of the problem? Could it be that your attitude is one of the biggest giants you face, more so than the situation you are facing? Just something to think about.
You see, life just happens. But attitude doesn’t. True faith and optimism takes commitment. Let’s make that commitment this week to trust God enough to be an optimist because of who He is, not because of how life is.
Problems, and stress, are temporary facts of life, but God’s peace is permanent. Sometimes our to-do lists and obligations seem overwhelmingly, and our attitude becomes shaky, but God’s peace is permanent.
When we learn to rely on Him for peace instead of temporary attempts at stress relief for our temporary problems, we are more spiritually equipped to feel peace in the midst of less-than-peaceful situations.
Might we embrace God’s solution for finding calm in the chaos of our life today? A sweet calm called Jesus.
Sweet Jesus, you see my problems; those circumstances that I don’t see a way out of and that seem so heavy on my heart, and honestly, hopeless. I’m having a hard time being an optimist and trusting that You are in the midst of it, that You see me, and that You have a plan. I invite you into every detail of my life. Fill me with a peace that surpasses understanding and give me the strength to stand firm and confident, trusting that You are in control. But Lord, give me a glimpse of You at work. I need to see You and feel You. I love you Lord, and I commit to trusting You with my present and my future, from this day forward. Amen.
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