Learned Optimists

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.Joshua 1:5

A book called “Learned Optimism” by a social psychologist, Martin Seligman, says that optimists are defined as people who come back stronger after defeat. This means that getting there in our end goals cannot always be winning all the way. Defeat, failure, loss, hurt, and rejection are all part of it.

Worrying steals the joy in our hearts and covers it with fear for the future. We’re afraid that the opposite things from our expectations might happen. We’re afraid of failing grades, we’re afraid of rejection on job applications, we’re afraid of hurting relationships. If we look at it, worrying only limits possibilities in our lives.

Worrying only tells us lies. If we experience defeat, then let’s get back stronger. Let’s be courageous enough to face the downs in our lives and learn from it. There’s never been a smooth sailing journey towards our goals. There’s always been challenges. We shouldn’t let those worries define us. We are way better than the negative thoughts we entertain in our minds.

Let’s not wait in vain. Let’s actively wait for the Lord’s perfect timing in our lives. We tend to get impatient sometimes and start worrying, but let us always ask God for strength to endure. Let’s ask Him for peace. If we need someone to breathe our worries to, the Lord is just waiting to listen to our requests. God is faithful.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7

Reference: Curious Faith


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