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Expecting the Best

Do you have a pessimistic attitude? Do you think things won’t turn out well for you?

SOMETIMES, the things you think about yourself are not true. You should be on guard for thoughts that disagree with what the Bible says. The Apostle Paul said that he could do
all things through Christ. Paul expected a favorable outcome when he tackled a difficult job that God gave him to do. He was an optimist about his work. To become an optimist evaluate the following false statements and learn to agree with what God says about you.

“I can’t.”

Do your frequently use the words “I can’t”?

A NEW SITUATION makes you nervous, and doubts overtake you. A difficult problem or a seemingly insurmountable task comes your way, and you feel unable to cope.

As soon as you say, “I can’t,” Satan floods your mind with reasons why you’re sure to fail. Such thoughts develop into a defeatist attitude that prevents you from taking effective action.

To overcome the “I can’ts” in your life, remember Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” You can expect the best because God has put inside of you the talents you need to succeed.

“I don’t like myself.”

That can be a most discouraging statement.

PERHAPS YOU FEEL guilty about something you’ve done in the past. Have you forgotten II Corinthians 5:17? You are “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Forgiveness is yours through the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. You don’t have to be bound by your past sins. God made only one of you, and He
loved you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for you. God wants you to live with the hope and confidence that come from relying on Him. Instead of letting dissatisfaction with yourself demoralize you, find satisfaction in the fact that God has transformed you and is making you better as you study His Word and live for Him.

You were born into the world to do good works for God. God wants you to expect good success as you tackle those tasks. Others have. You can, too.

Excerpted from:

Neary, Laura. “Becoming an Optimist: How to Expect the Best.” Today’s Christian Teen. Fall 2000: 14-15, 19. Print.

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