Becoming an Optimist

Becoming an Optimist

I worked at a union job for quite a few years. I realized early on that the way to form quick friendships with people was to talk about how bad things were. Management was abusing power. The government was all wrong. People were greedy.

I made lots of friends because my default setting is pretty pessimistic. I can talk and see negative stuff all day long. Though I liked to call it realism.

But I turned a corner last summer. A series of things happened. I’ve become an optimist.

Don’t get me wrong. There is some bad stuff in the world. We need to talk honestly about it and strive for change. But I’m starting to realize so many things can go right in this world it is scary.

One touch of God’s favor can change everything in an instant.

When I am on God’s side the most powerful force in the universe gets behind me in a very real way. At that point, all bets are off. Anything is possible.

Relationships get restored. Financial miracles start to happen. Dead people can even come to life.

And the fact is, good stuff is happening all around us. We just have to choose to focus on it.

So I wake up every morning and say out loud, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118:24)

God can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. And he always does. Today might just be the day he decides to change everything for me.

And that’s why I’m optimistic. Or maybe the better word is hopeful. The most extraordinary people I know are hopeful. They are positive that God is working all things together for good. (Romans 8:28)

When I focus my life every morning on the One who is in control of everything – hope springs to life in me.

And that means it’s going to be a good day.