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“We hold these truths to be self-evident”… I am very aware that our Declaration of Independence states that there are truths that we all agree are self-evident (or at least we did when the Declaration of Independence was written). There are “many” truths like that, but there are also precepts that are learned the hard way through many struggles along the way.  We speak of the process as learning from “trial and error” or being educated in the “school of hard knocks”.  The process of learning those principles is much more demanding and painful.  However, once we have learned through the crucible of struggle from those experiences, the truths are emblazoned on our souls.

As is always true, there are those who approach each new day with a bright countenance, a smile, and a song in their heart.  Others groan when they are awakened by the alarm clock, sit on the edge of the bed bemoaning the fact that the time has come to rise, and grumble about everything having to do with the morning. The first type listed above is optimistic at the possibilities of the day. The latter is pessimistic that anything good will happen and believe that most likely, bad things are waiting to attack as soon as possible.

Scripture points us toward joy and optimism…..

Ephesians 5:18b-19“be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”

Psalm 56:4 – “In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid What can mere man do to me?” 

Psalm 71:5For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.”

Romans 15:13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Two boys who were twins, one an incurable optimist, one a pessimist. The parents were worried about the extremes of behavior and attitude and finally took the boys in to see a psychologist. The psychologist observed them a while and then said that they could be easily helped. 

He said that they had a room filled with all the toys a boy could want. They would put the pessimist in that room and allow him to enjoy life. They also had another room that they filled with horse manure. They put the optimist in that room. They observed both boys through one-way mirrors. The pessimist continued to be a pessimist, stating that he had no one to play with. They went to look in on the optimist and were astounded to find him digging through the manure. The psychologist ran into the room and asked what on earth the boy was doing. He replied that with all that manure, he was sure there had to be a pony in the room somewhere. (Copied).

For those of you who are eternal optimists, be diligent today to find opportunities to give a “smile” away to everyone you meet.  And, for you who see that the glass is half-empty, fill the glass with fresh, cool, thirst-quenching “living water” and then do your best to smile, smile, smile!