“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…”-Rudyard Kipling
Ole Rudy was on to something.
If you have never done a self-evaluation to determine whether you are a “glass half empty” or a “glass half full” kind of person, you should do it. You may need to get really vulnerable and transparent and ask the people around you, closest to you—those you trust. The fact is, pessimism is a fairly cultural norm in our generation. We tend to think the worst in any given situation, and we tend to expect the worst outcome. We impose this onto people, expecting others to disappoint us, and we rarely give others the benefit of the doubt. We sort of expect the worst out of people and almost wait for failure to ensue.
But in a world where enough bad stuff happens, a Gospel Man will look for opportunities for Christ to shine in the worst situations. I want to be the kind of man who cannot, and will not, be discouraged.
When the economy tanks, Jesus is still on the Throne, and opportunities abound. When terrorists attack and politicians disappoint, The Gospel will still thrive. We serve a God who DOES. He is at work, and things are happening everywhere for His Glory. We need to view life through THAT lens.
And we need to remember Jesus’ words in Mark 10, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
But we’ll get into that in part 2…