Pessimist or optimist. Glass half full or glass half empty. The side you decide to live on will either make you happy or make you helpless. Now the realist will tell you to live in the real world. He’ll remind you that life isn’t always a box of chocolates, that we don’t always get what we want. And in truth, he is right. Part of living in a fallen world is that it doesn’t always go our way.
But that doesn’t take into account how we choose to react. Notice I used the word “choose” because it’s true. We have a choice as to how we will react to life’s circumstances. We can take the pessimist’s stance and see the difficulty in life. We can latch on to the negative and allow it to depress and discourage us. As a pessimist, you lose control of your situation, dwelling in the past or on the what-ifs. But if we’re smart, we realize we have a choice. We can count our blessings, not our burdens. We can see possibilities where others only see problems. We can take solace in patience and peace while the world crumbles around us.
How is that even possible you ask? The answer is a simple one… God. When your faith is at its pinnacle and God so fills your heart, you come to realize that he’s defeated this world and its problems. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 teaches, you can “give thanks in all circumstances” because you serve the Almighty God.
So choose to count your blessings and let God deal with your burdens. After all, he did create the universe. I think he can handle them.