Optimism [op-tuh-miz-uhm] – noun; a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome, the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world
A disposition. Have you noticed that so many of the character traits of God that we must strive to develop in our own lives have so much to do with our disposition or attitude? An attitude of optimism chooses to “see the glass half full” instead of half empty. Yes, things come into our lives every day that we would gladly do without. Yes, we don’t always have “good days,” but regardless of our circumstance, we have to decide to view our life through God’s lens of optimism. Through prayer you can keep negative and self-degrading thoughts at bay. They have no place in your life! Hope in God! Exult in HIM and what HE has done!
Make a list of things in your life that could use a change in perspective.
Think about how your disposition affects those around you. How would choosing optimism change the atmosphere in your circle?
Optimism is directly related to thankfulness – take a minute (or several) to stop and thank God for what He is doing in your life.
Psalm 31:24 “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!”
Proverbs 17:22 “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
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