Faith Fitness – day 2 (Optimism)

by Rusty Lindquist on January 25, 2011 · 3 comments

This post is part of a series called Faith Fitness – increasing our capacity to believe.  Don’t forget to see the intro, part 1 (Testimony), part 2 (Optimism), and part 3 (Hope).

Thanks for joining me again.  I hope that your finding yourself invigorated by your newfound appreciation for your divine worth.  You are magnificent, and incomprehensibly capable of achieving anything.

Now you’re ready to move on to step two – building up just a little more momentum.  The second exercise in building your capacity to believe and exercise faith is all about optimism.

First, let’s discuss the principle upon which this exercise is based.

Faith and pessimism are antithetical.  You cannot simultaneously be pessimistic and faithful.  The perniciousness of pessimism cripples your ability to hope (a crucial component for active faith), and fills you with a spirit of negativity.

Many people believe that the optimistic can be too much so, forcing them to be unrealistic.  But we need to watch ourselves, for faith is not based on reality, but our hope for things which are not seen.

When Peter sought to walk on water, as long as his eyes focused on Christ he maintained his belief that what he was doing was possible.  But when he cast his eyes toward the waves and the depth of the ocean beneath him – what he saw was reality.  What we perceive as reality blinds us to what CAN be.  And because reality told him that standing on water was not possible, pessimism and doubt shattered his foothold of faith, and he started sinking.

But optimism forces us to look beyond “reality”, and not in an ignorant, self-disillusioned manner.  While our physical eyes are trained to see “reality”, or what things ARE, optimism is the lens that lets us see what CAN be.

With optimism we see the bright side of things; we see the good in all that surrounds.  I testify that as you begin to perfect the practice of optimistic living, your world will become brighter.  You’ll be lifted up to the view of a vista that is abounding in opportunity, flush with goodness, dripping with wonder, and that perspective will change your life forever.

Optimism is empowering, for it lets you see the world as it could be.  And as the clarity of that vision begins to replace the dull reality that surrounds you, you’ll find yourself capable of believing that you can make a difference.  You’ll start to see the role you can play to connect the realm of reality to the wonder of what could be.

Now, armed with the testimony of who you truly are, and looking through the lens of opportunity, you’ll be prepared to move to the next step… HOPE.  The brilliant and empowering, propelling principle of hope.

So today’s exercise, is to be optimistic.  Focus your mind on forcing out the negative cloud of pessimism, look at the world not at what it is, but what it could be.  See the silver lining.  Enjoy the wonder and glory of a much brighter world.


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1 Clint May 24, 2008 at 8:39 AM

What is your definition of faith? The Bible defines it as radical trust in the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins.

Is this faith placed in yourself? Apart from Christ (of whom you didn’t mention once) we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10). That is why He came–to reconcile us to God by faith (radical trust) in Him.

This “Faith Fitness” sounds positive. But, if it is not perfectly aligned with the Bible then it is not positive whatsoever.

From Rusty:

Great question. While there are different connotations to the word “faith” (and all of them, as you point out, must be perfectly aligned with true doctrine), in this series of posts I’m referring to the faith that leads you to action, and can create miracles.

Here’s the bibles definition: (Hebrews 11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The faith that leads men to action, and allows them to do things that they could otherwise not do. For instance when Peter tried to walk on the water, and begain sinking (Matthew 14:31) “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little fiath, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

I loved your terminology “radical trust”, I think that’s a terrific definition. We hope for things, and then put radical trust in our Savior to make them come to pass. I think that’s a great way to describe faith in action. Peter hoped to walk accross the water to the Savior, and then put radical trust in him to make it possible, and only when he doubted, or that trust became too weak, did he start to sink.


2 Kazelbso May 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

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3 Takaya April 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Martin:Maybe the Bible can connect some of the dots for you:Job 38:4-74 Where wast thou when I laid the foonadtiuns of the earth? 7 …and all the sons of God shouted for joy.Who where the sons of God who shouted for joy when the world was created?Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;God promised us eternal life WHEN?Eccl 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.How can your spirit return to a place it has never been?2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world beganOne verse that can be interpreted to mean we existed before can be explained away, but five?I think we have stumbled on to something that the ancient Church took for granted. A plain and simple truth that they lost?


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