ARE YOU AN OPTIMIST OR A PESSIMIST?
May 15, 2017
An Optimist is a person who tends to be hopeful and confident about the future; a person who believes that this world is the best of all possible worlds; a person with a positive outlook on life. A pessimist on the other hand is a person who tends to see the worst aspect of all things; a person who believes that this world is as bad as it could be; a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst in every circumstance of life. What distinguishes an optimist from a pessimist is the mental attitude each carries. Thought plays crucial role in building up our mindset. To paraphrase this, our mindsets are built on what we feed our thoughts with as individual. Thought is influenced majorly by what we think is right or bad and it depends on our choices as individual. That is why Proverb 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….”
The optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel while the pessimist sees only the gross darkness. The optimist beholds the glory ahead to seek for comfort in the present ordeals while the pessimist sees himself being overwhelmed with the present ordeals and eventually consumed by the same ordeals. An optimist is full of hope and very enthusiastic about the future, though the present circumstance is very harsh on him while a pessimist is consumed by pains and agonies of today with no hope of tomorrow. An optimist sees every challenge of life as an avenue to become a celebrity while a pessimist sees every challenge of life as a difficult task that cannot be conquered. An optimist is bold and strengthened by inner joy while a pessimist is always overwhelmed with fear and anxiety of the unknown.
Those who are pessimistic about life are ignorance of who they are in God or they lack the knowledge of His word.
I Peter 2:9 says,
“But we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Jeremiah 29:11 says,
“For I know the thought I think towards you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Philippian 1:6 says,
“Being confidant of this very thing that He who has begun a good works in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Proverb 3:27 says
“For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
Isaiah 41:10 says,
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Do not be overwhelmed by the present predicaments of life, look unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. Keep believing; keep trusting God; keep seeing things from positive angle; be optimistic about life; above all, do not be ignorant of God’s word. Key yourself into the relevant verses of the Scripture relating to your case, use it as a point of contact to your own miracle, He will surely hear your prayers.
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