Is it possible to be an optimistic, hopeful, and enthusiastic Christian? Definitely!
After all, believers have every reason to be optimistic about life here on earth and life eternal. As English clergyman William Ralph Inge observed, “No Christian should be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.” Inge’s words are most certainly true. But sometimes, it’s easy to be pulled down by tough times. When experiencing discouragement, exhaustion, or more, then it’s time to ask the questions: what’s the matter and why?
Scripture says; “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
That sounds like a good thought process!
If worried by the inevitable challenges of everyday living, know that God wants to bring assurance. After all, the ultimate battle has already been won on the cross at Calvary. If a life has been transformed by Christ’s sacrifice, then as a recipient of God’s grace, Believers have every reason to live courageously!
Whether in good times or turbulent times, be willing to trust God’s plans for life. Trust Him completely. Proverbs 3:5-6 makes it clear: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV).
A. W. Tozer noted, “Attitude is all-important. Let the soul take a quiet attitude of faith and love toward God, and from there on, the responsibility is God’s. He will make good on His commitments.” These words serve as a reminder that even when the challenges of the day seem daunting, God remains steadfast.
So, make this promise and keep it—vow to be a hope-filled Christian. Think optimistically about life, career, family, future, and purpose. Trust and be hopeful, not fearful. Take time to celebrate God’s glorious creation. And then, with a heart filled with hope and gladness, share this optimism with others.
Pray for God’s help to keep focused on the truth—the true truth of God. Practice thinking about the possibilities and what is good…daily. It may take time. But every new thought will replace the old way of thinking—it will provide for a better, future mindset!
By Kimberlee Bousman