Long-Term Optimism

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 faith?”  Mark 4:37-40

 

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 long-term optimist.

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 you? 

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!