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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