Joy

Half Empty or Half Full?

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I believe there are two kinds of attitudes in this world. You have your optimists on one side and pessimists on the other. There’s also a category that claims to be realists. In my opinion, reality can be so glum sometimes that pessimists and realists are actually sharing the same boat.

When looking at life realistically, it can be a lot more disappointing. That’s why I choose an optimistic attitude. For me, it makes life easier and happier to live.

As someone says to me, “You live in pink clouds.” And after a while I came up with a corny, yet true comeback, “I live in God’s clouds.”

Yes, stuff will happen in life that will hurt us, make us cringe, or even cry. But even Jesus had to go through hardships here on earth.

God, Himself, in human form suffered. How are we then not to suffer? There’s always something going on. Finances, sickness, relationships, etc, etc.

So either we look at those problems optimistically, relying on God’s strength to carry us through it all. Or, we can choose to be upset with all the toughies we have in life, feeling like all the problems are on our own two shoulders.

Paul reminds us to “rejoice always” in 1 Thessalonians. Either way, it’s our prerogative to choose.

Optimist or pessimist?

 

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