“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Sir Winston Churchill
Optimism is a choice we make—a learned skill. However, for believers, optimism and hope are more than just simple learned skills. Optimism is believing that there is a better day coming and that God has a good plan for where we are on any given day. Hope is putting faith to work when giving up would be easier.
Earlier in my life, I was more of a pessimist than an optimist. I struggled to see many aspects of my life from God’s viewpoint. What ultimately made the difference was an awakening of the deep faith that I had received at age 12–when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
To get from pessimism to optimism took time. As I spent more and more time letting God’s Word sink deep into my heart, crying out to Him in prayer, being still in His presence, and applying messages from my pastor(s) that pointed straight to my heart, I began to acquire a deeper spiritual foundation that made such a difference in my outlook on life as a whole. It was then that I was able to turn pessimism into optimism. I can never thank God enough for helping me with that. What a difference it has made in my life!
Today, let’s choose to be optimistic and hopeful! Let us focus on the One who is carrying us through every battle and every situation in our lives. And just when we feel the urge to give up, let us know with full assurance that God is always there to help us experience optimism and hope in every trial that we face.