Optimism is a gift we give to our sweetheart and to ourselves at the same time. Everyone has down days, everyone receives discouraging news, and even in the best of times, there’s always something that goes wrong.
Optimism when we’re dating makes us attractive, because it offers hope as a remedy for the problems that our sweetheart suffered before he/she met us. Optimism when we’re married is equally important, and maybe more so, because we are now sometimes the source of discouragements.
Optimism is not the illusion that everything will happen the way we want it to. It’s not the denial of unpleasant facts. Optimism is the act of combining hope with concern in order to give our beloved a reason to smile. It’s medicine for the heart. And it’s impossible to give the gift of optimism without benefiting from it ourselves. It lifts our beloved’s spirit and ours.
When we’re afraid to be optimistic, it’s because we haven’t yet turned the matter over to God. God is the perfect, perennial Optimist, because he has the power and the desire to turn bad times into blessings and to make all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
Optimism is powerful. It frees us to look for solutions and silver linings. And if we’ve entrusted the problem to God, the end result is guaranteed to be better than we could ever ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
- How optimistic am I, usually?
- What has my sweetheart done or said recently that encouraged me when I felt down?
Strengthen your relationship:
Read Ephesians 3:14-21 and then turn it into a prayer by rephrasing each line. Finally, discuss a current problem or hardship in light of this prayer. What is God telling you about it?
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries