Is the Glass Half Full?
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Optimistic people brighten every place they are. The people that come in contact with an optimistic soul leave the conversation feeling happy. One who delights in seeing the good in a day’s opportunities because of vibrant faith in God affects the outlook of others for the better.
Studies have been done to validate some of the rich benefits that come from living with an optimistic outlook on life. Here are some of those….
- It gives you a reason for living.
- It reduces the level of stress experienced.
- Research shows that it increases longevity.
- It promotes happiness.
- It promotes self-respect and integrity.
“When you have vision, it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.”– Charles R. Swindoll
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”– Walt Disney
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”– Unknown
“Pessimism never won any battle.”– Dwight D. Eisenhower
A speaker in Colorado was about to address a gathering of businessmen and women. Sitting at the head table, he turned to the real estate salesman on his left and said, “So, how are things going for you?” “Terrible,” he answered. “Haven¡¯t you heard about the strikes? 80% of the people in this town are employed by just 2 firms and they are both on strike! Business is horrible. I haven’t sold a piece of property since the strike. I don’t even have any listings. I’ve had to lay off 3 salespeople and if things don’t turn around soon, I’ll go bankrupt.”
He turned to the saleslady on his right and asked the same question. She said, “Haven’t you heard about the strike?” “°Yes,” he answered. Then she went on. “Business couldn’t be better. Since the strike I’ve sold more houses than ever. And if the strike continues for a while, I’ll be rich!” “How’s that,” the speaker said. “Well, you see, I figured that since the folks were on strike, that they would have lots of time to search for their dreamhouse. And I reasoned with them that when the strike is settled, they’re going to get a nice raise. Enough to purchase the house they’ve always wanted.”
God is very optimistic with regard to the human race. After all, He invested His life for us! We ought to imitate Him. (Copied).