"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
(Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
Optimism can be defined as, "a tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation" (Free Online Dictionary. www.freeonlinedictionary.com). This world we live in has what is called optimism but if you aren't a Christian who follows and believes that God's commandments are in His Holy Bible, it would be a vain optimism.
Many Christians do not appear to have joyful optimism although they have an eternal life with the Best - Jesus Christ, in a wonderful, rent free home with all the amities that one could want (John 14:2-3), with clothes that never wear out, with loving family and friends, all the food you could want, all the knowledge you want and it is forever. We should be overjoyed to know this is our future! Our Awesome God has a plan for each of us if we will only believe in Jesus Christ and obey His commandments.
It is hard to remember that we have true joyful optimism because now we have insecurities (Proverbs 3:5), we sin (John1:8, 10), we fear men and what they can do to us, we don't remind ourselves of what Our Awesome God has said in His Holy Bible and/or our faith in God is not strong.
We need to address our insecurities by remembering that "...with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27 KJV), and then overcome them with God's help. We should continue all through our life to find our sins, confess them and stop sinning. Remember that, "if God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31). Read daily Jeremiah 29:11, so that you remember that God is for you and knows you by name.
Our Awesome God would like all His children to show joyful optimism about the future they have as Christians in heaven. If you aren't a Christian, Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come, tell Him your sins and that you are ready to stop. All Christians have confessed, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you. Don't wait! A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and believing in Christ's ability to pay your sin debt.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and a children's program until 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill