And a great windstorm arose, and the
waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He
was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And He awoke and rebuked the
wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was
a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no
A man who had stopped to watch a
Little League baseball game called
to a boy in the outfield and asked what the score was. The boy smiled and answered, "We're
behind, 18 to nothing." The man said, "Well, you sure don't seem
discouraged." He said, "Why
should I be discouraged? We haven't come
to bat yet!" That kid was a
You can afford to be
a long-term optimist if you know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In fact, optimism is the only philosophy that
is consistent with the Christian faith. For
the Christian, even if the worst happens – even if you die – you will be in the
presence of Jesus Christ forever in heaven.
That is the best possible outcome!
If you are a
long-term optimist, why should you be a short-term pessimist? If you believe that God has a purpose for you
in the long-term, don't you believe He also has a purpose for you in the short-term,
even in the storm? No storm you face in
life is going to frustrate the Lord's purpose for you.
No matter what happens, we can say,
"Jesus Christ is with me." That is why I am a long-term optimist. Aren't
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 12/04/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under