Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Why The Bible Recommends Optimism

Philippians 4:6 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." The New Living Translation

Twenty five years ago today, my partner, Terry Brown, and I started our little company. We've had great times together and have experienced almost everything imaginable, both good and bad. And we thank God for all He has done and for His provision.

Monday was one of the hardest, most troubling days in that 25 year history. We are at the end of our slow season, cash is at a very low place, and we have to move a 25,000 square foot factory. It seemed for a few hours to be overwhelming. But, of course, God is always right there, and his comfort came over me. Moreover, there was clarity in that moment. A clear idea of what was the best way to proceed, and absolute peace that He is my provider.

The next day, a friend said that it is a shame that so many waste so much time and energy worrying about the future, clouding judgment, and interfering with creativity. That same energy could be used to brainstorm new directions and pray for God to show us the right path.


Some think that optimism or pessimism is just something you are born with. I think not. God wouldn't direct us to be something we can't be.

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