There is a vast difference in the way people think. Some of us expect the worst while others expect the best. Neither of these extreme perspectives is healthy. Most of us would agree that living a life out of depressing pessimism is a bad idea. We might also agree that constant depressing pessimism ultimately leads to a negative perspective on life.
However, we often miss the weakness of irrational optimism. Those of us who always expect the best are guilty of irrational optimism. We walk around dancing in sunlight while it’s raining cats and dogs! This is unhealthy. In fact, this is not sane. The truth is that sometimes the best possible outcome takes place in our lives, and other times the worst possible outcome comes to pass.
So, what should we do?
Let me suggest we change our math.
When we are following God and doing everything possible to live out His call in our lives, we can live blessed lives even when life isn’t easy. The apostle Paul reminds us of God’s work in our lives, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Think about it. This verse does not say, “all things are good for those who love Him.” Instead, it says that, “in all things God works for the good…” That means even when bad things, even devastating things, happen in our lives, God is working to make them good somehow. He will bring blessing from pain.
If that is true, we can walk in the faith of knowing that our lives will always be blessed. If that is true, even in the rain we can celebrate without ignoring the rain in some defiant act of irrational optimism, but know that even in the rain God is working out something good!
So today, don’t live in depressed pessimism or irrational optimism… Live in faith!