My Thoughts

Episode 19: Optimism Is Not a Choice, It’s a Belief

Sometimes I think about things such as Optimism. About two and a half years ago, in the fall of my freshman year of high school, my one friend introduced me to the band August Burns Red. They are a Christian hardcore metal band from Lancaster. At first I was like ok this band is crazy and I can’t understand what they are saying, how can they be Christian? As I got used to their sound, which I used to tie to devil music and music long haired folk listened to in order to rebel against their parents haha, I started to actually enjoy it a lot. A little side note here: the difference between Christian music and non Christian music is purely the lyrics and nothing else. Check out this blog by a cool guy named Dan—

http://gracefreakdan.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/lady-gaga-and-christian-music/

—Anyways, back to the band. While starting to really enjoy the style I also started looking up the lyrics and they are some pretty darn awesome lyrics. There was one song that I really liked at first and it happened to contain the very lyric that is the basis to my optimism. The song is called Barbarian. First off is a stinkin great song. This was the first song I ever heard by the band and will always be one of my favorites. The last part of the song is the singer, or screamer haha, singing these lyrics over and over again several times.

“Optimism is not a choice, it’s a belief”

This lyric just stuck out to me in a crazy way. It didn’t necessarily make me an optimist but it made me curious as to what an optimist is. From then till now I’ve shaped myself and the way I see things and think about things. I’ve basically created my very own personal type of optimism that I try daily to live my life by. I call my optimism: Faith based Optimism. I also came up with a phrase that sorta explains this. Optimistic in life, faithful in the Lord.

To fully explain my optimistic beliefs, I need to first explain what optimism is. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as; 1: a doctrine that this world is the best possible world. 2: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome. From this you can conclude that being optimistic means believing that the world and the people who inhabit it are good and that there is something good in everything that happens to us. The first part of this I do not believe what so ever. The world is most definitely not the best possible world and not all people are good. Believing that the world is the best that it can be would just hinder what I am meant to do as a Christian, which is follow Jesus and spread the Good News which is Jesus, dying on the cross to save us all from sin. Basically I’m saying, why would I even try to do anything if the world was as good as it could ever be? Good question Adam. I know right? Im so happy I asked it.

The second part on the other hand is what I believe. Optimism to me is looking at all situations and events and seeing the positives of them. This is where faith comes in. I have a strong belief in the Lord and that everything that happens within our lifetimes has an overall positive meaning to it. Basically, everything has a silver lining. This is faith based optimism to me.

Folks, bad things will always happen to us. There is nothing you can do about it. But every situation has a positive in it to be found. This has been true for just about every bad situation from my life so far. There is always a lesson to be learned or a positive outcome. Its not just the so called “bad” situations. You can’t ignore the good situations either. When good things happen, sometimes we take it for granted and don’t realize what actual happened and why. For instance: (hypothetical and also in a tv show) Your at the bar with two of your friends and your tossing pencils up into the ceiling so they get stuck. Then right after taking a sip of your favorite brew a pencil falls down bouncing off the eraser part and flying up into your nose, point first. It gets lodged in there enough that it stayed but didn’t cause any damage. First reactions prolly are holy crap that was so freakin awesome. You gotta wonder though if there is something to be learned from this. BTW’s. There is.

My optimism is basically me having faith in the Lord and trusting his ways, no matter how out there and un-logical it may be. In Judges 6, Gideon was a bit of a pessimist. The evil Midianites were a very oppressive people who fed off the weakness of the Isrealites. God went to Gideon through an Angel and that he would take down the powerful Midianites, he was pretty much like: What? Me? Im the youngest of my family? This doesn’t make any sense. When God proved that it was indeed him, Gideon began to trust and worship him and in the end he and 300 men took down upwards of thousands of Midianites with torches, pitchers (vase) and trumpets. What? Yeah those aren’t really weapons that most would choose, but isn’t that what makes God so freakin awesome?

After being proven that it was God who was indeed asking this insurmountable task to be done by him, Gideon began trusting in Him and was optimistic. I believe optimism is important for all of us to at least understand. Im not always so optimistic but I try to be and I feel like life is a bit cheerier when you think optimistically. Faith Based Optimism.

Feel free to comment about this. I would like to hear as many other thoughts on this as possible. My Blog will be based on these ideals that I just roughly laid out for you. Im still fine tuning these thoughts so that’s why your thoughts matter so much this time. Hopefully I will be getting that up and running soon. Peace to you all.


3 Responses to “My Thoughts”

  1. 1 Amy Jones

    I really enjoyed your thoughts. Keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing more from you. Amy

  2. Adam,

    Thanks for the shout out! I have you on my gracefreak blogroll.

    You are da’ man

    Dan

  3. I could not depart your blog in advance of suggesting i always actually beloved the common information and facts a person provide for any visitors? Will probably be again normally to check innovative blogposts


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