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There is a classic dichotomy of personalities—the pessimist and the optimist. The pessimist has a negative, gloomy, foreboding, melancholic outlook on life. The optimist is positive, hopeful and cheerful. The pessimist is bound up with can’ts, won’ts, but’s, if’s and never’s. The optimist lives with an opposite perspective.
Optimism is a powerful force. Social scientist and psychologist agree that a positive mindset makes us healthier, more resilient, and more productive.
One of the key qualities in an optimist’s life is hope. They believe that no matter what challenges they may be facing or difficulties they are dealing with, good is going to be the end result. They see sunshine on the horizon, while the pessimist sees rain. Pessimists believe that they are pawns moved around by uncontrollable forces. Optimists believe that they have the power to make choices and changes that can and will improve their lot in life.
God wants to help us move from pessimism to optimism by teaching us how to hope, and filling us with His hope. A positive outlook can be learned. As our minds are renewed by God’s Word, negativity loses its grip on us. We begin to rise in hope.
The biblical book of Romans records a prayer from Paul the apostle that describes the positive life God wants you to live. It’s recorded in Romans 15:13 (TPT) “Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his superabundance until you radiate with hope!”
Radiate with hope today!