Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Look on the Bright Side

It seems to me that optimists are not quite real, and pessimists not quite human. Somewhere in the middle of the two extremes of the pendulum swing has to be an even tempered outlook. Optimism and pessimism seem to focus on who we are, our person and our personality. A bright outlook, however, touches upon how we choose to see life. It is the silver lining perspective. Not all of life is lollipops and rainbows, but even in the worst of times it is that person who shares a smile with you that you remember. The Apostle Paul talked about our outlook. He said, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

Make looking at the upside of life a habit. You will naturally gravitate to those who have your view of the world. If your's is negative, you will fall in with those who are negative. One once said, "Small minds...cannot see far, or things magnanimous, but behold things small and mean."

Now discouragement is a fact of life, and no one will blame you for having a bad day, or month for that matter. Getting down; that's life. Staying down; that's defeat. If you have a downtrodden view of the world because of discouragement or depression, get some help. See your doctor and get some counselling. To even pick up the phone sparks hope, and hope is the seed of a bright future.

Do you really think God is at this moment bemoaning the future of your life or of the planet for that matter? I think not. If things were really that impossible than we would be in a very desperate spot. 

The problem is that in our day, truth has become so repeated and routine that people pay no more attention to it than they do a saying from a fortune cookie. That being said, the abundance of truth cannot diminish the gravity of it. So, without breaking open the cookie let me say. Look for the good. Choose to see the best in people, the hope in each situation, and the working of God in you. Humanity and planet earth aren't perfect, but if you look close enough you can see the golden glimmer that we call "hope". 

"Think on these things..."

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