The atmosphere of God’s Kingdom is hope.
Not as in “wishful thinking.” But as in confident anticipation.
There are two kinds of people in the way they approach living. Glass half full people and glass half empty people. Optimists and Pessimists. Which are you?
The glass half empty folks (the pessimists) don’t like what I’m about to say, but faith and hope is more of a mental emotional challenge for them than it is for the glass half full people.
On the other hand, the glass half full folks can tend to sweep legitimate challenges under the rug and not give them the thought they are due.
Hope comes more naturally to a glass half full person. They anticipate good more easily. Glass half empty people lean toward seeing the possible problems. They call it “being a realist.”
So, let’s look at that for a minute. The only way that a person can define something as real is if there is proof. Proof isn’t possible until something has literally occurred. Now, the realist will argue that they are looking at past evidence to draw a future conclusion.
However, that is a kind faith in operation. That is applying Murphy’s Law (which is the opposite of hope), The opposite of hope can only summon up fear.
The point is that people who a pessimists and call it “being a realist” doesn’t understand what reality actually is and therefore they are constantly struggling and stressing over all the things that could go wrong.
To enjoy the abundant life of God’s Kingdom, one has to be thinking about all of the things that could go right. That’s hope. That inspires faith.
Be a true realist. The true…the actual…the authentic realist is the one who believes, “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
May your life be saturated with the half full glass of water!