Philippians 4:8 “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV)

Today, many people have a pessimistic outlook on life. They walk around wallowing in self-pity and proclaiming their misery to the world. They blame everyone else for their faults and failures. Some become so negative that they find something wrong in everything. Unfortunately, this has found it’s way into some of the church. Some Christians have attitudes which look for the bad rather than the good. What I mean is, instead of seeing the wonderful thing something may have done, they see all of its problems and the “what ifs” that “might” happen. Many times, these individuals overlook the entire meaning of what is seen.

We need to remember that everything we say and do impacts others. A man once told me “I know that people think I am unapproachable, but they don’t understand what I was dealing with and had to overcome.” This is true…often people don’t understand what goes on behind the scenes, however, this is NOT an excuse for being pessimistic and “cold.” It’s safe to say that Jesus dealt with more than we ever will yet still maintained an approachable attitude and an optimistic look. How the world sees us has an effect on how they see our Savior. We must remember that misery is not in our job description as a Christian. Please make the effort to see the good in things and to have an optimistic outlook.


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