July 12, 2015
Optimistic – hopeful and confident about the future.
Pessimistic – tending to see the worst aspect of things or believes that the worst will happen.
So which one are you? So many people seem to have an outlook of pessimism, but why? So many times at my job people ask why I look happy or why I stay positive all the time, and what I ask them is, why not? My last post talked about our “battlefield,” being where God put us and to not waste that time, but to use it to glorify His Kingdom. Another reason, what does being so negative get you? The answer is nowhere.
For me, and I am sure for most people, you hate having a boss that is negative, or maybe belittles everyone around them. The only thing that does is puts a little tension in the work place, but that is the worst possible way to live. Why not, starting today, be more optimistic than pessimistic, Joshua 1:9, This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. So how can we see the worst possible outcomes if we truly believe the Lord is with us wherever we go. That He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Today I started watching a new series, and the title of this series is called “Weird (Because Normal isn’t Working.)” Just from the first message, he laid out a few points that are no brainers, yet we still can’t figure it out.
- If you want what normal people have, do what normal people do. If you want what few people have, do what few people do.
- Weird people don’t think like normal people. Weird people don’t live like normal people live.
Matthew 7:13-14, You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. So if things aren’t working out in your life, look to Christ, He has his arms opened wide and is ready to take you in. Most people today are “normal” and you should want to be “weird,” most people today are extremely pessimistic, come to God and He will help you be optimistic, even through the hard times.
This is God talking to Paul. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Trust in God, truly believe that there is nothing that you can’t do or overcome with Jesus living in you.