“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Sir Winston Churchill
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
Optimism is a choice we make—a learned skill. Sometimes it’s not easy. 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.
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.
Prayer: Dear Father, You alone are worthy to be praised! You are the perfect Heavenly Father! Thank you for giving us the ability to be optimistic, even when we don’t feel like it. We confess that it is sometimes hard to look on the bright side of life, especially when we see such hurt and sadness in the world today. Help us to love those who may be unlovable, knowing that in Jesus there is always hope for mankind. You love all of us the same and You do not desire than anyone should perish. Use us to be the light of Jesus in a dark and dying world, so that we might reach others for Your Kingdom. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and soon-coming King! Amen.