Have you ever met a pessimistic Christian? Sounds like an oxymoron but I most certainly have! I’m starting to realize more and more that there are a lot of pessimistic Christians. And the reason I think I’m noticing it more and more and didn’t notice it before is because I was one.
Pessimistic is an adjective defined as tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen. A Christian is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. These definitely seem to contradict each other. How can a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings tend to see the worst aspect of things or believe the worst will happen? I think this happens for two main reasons: (1) most Christians don’t read their bible and (2) they don’t know the character of God. Them not knowing the character of God is an extension of them not reading their bible to have an understanding of who He is. And even when you know who He is, sometimes it’s hard to grasp his overwhelming love for us. The bible says:
- Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
- Romans 8:31-32 …If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
- Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
- Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans.
- Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
- Philippians 4:19 My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
If you believe those things, how can you be pessimistic? This is not to say you’ll never go through anything but it is to say that even when you go through, as a Christian, you should be reminded that you’re not in it alone. God has already worked it out for your good. If you just keep pushing through, on the other side, there will be greater.
The unfortunate part is that because so many of us are pessimistic, we allow the negative thoughts (remember, Negative Nancy), to stop us in our tracks. We don’t push through and ultimately negate our greatness.
As Christians, we should be THE most optimistic people in the world. We should be hopeful and confident about our future. And this should apply in all aspects of our lives including our businesses. In a previous blog, I talked about how I’ve fired top-producing clients and increased my revenue each year. I used the picture below to describe how sometimes we hold on to comfort because we’re afraid of the greatness on the other side of pushing through. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and fire those clients because I knew that I’d committed my business to God and that he already established my plans (Proverbs 16:3). I knew that he supplies my need (Philippians 4:19).
This week I’m encouraging you to pay close attention to your thoughts, words, and actions. Do they reflect that of a pessimistic or optimistic Christian? If they reflect that of a pessimistic Christian, commit to daily affirmations that speak directly to your situation using His word and believe! Change your perspective today and it will open doors you never dreamed of going forward! Refuse to be a walking and talking oxymoron!