April 5th 2017 – The Cynic and the Optimist

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” (Romans 8:18-19)

I read a story about twin girls who, though they looked very much alike, they were different in almost every other way. Perhaps the most noticeable distinction was their outlook on life. One was a perennial cynic while the other was a constant optimist. One Christmas, their father decided to experiment. On the pessimist’s side of the Christmas tree, the father piled up games and toys and on the optimist’s side, he piled up horse manure. When morning came, the cynic sat amongst her gifts crying. When the father asked why, she responded, “Because now I’ll have to share and I’m sure I’ll constantly be changing out batteries in these toys and losing pieces to these games.” In contrast, the optimist was singing and dancing around joyfully. When her father queried he said, “With all this manure there’s got to be a pony around here somewhere!”

Seems rather silly, doesn’t it? Yet, we can all be like the cynic. We focus on the world and all its trials and tribulations and forget that Jesus told us He has overcome the world. Buried in the short term and forgetting about the long term, we get so tied up in our pessimism that we lose sight of our inheritance.

(Philippians 3:13-14) “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Don’t be a pessimist. You have God’s promise that even the worst this world will throw at you will work to bring about the best that God has for you. This world has enough cynics. Pessimists seldom solve problems. Optimists change the world. Continue to press toward the goal. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Got trials? There’s probably more to come. “But God”–these are two words that turn the tables on trouble and strike fear in the heart of Satan. Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. Take heart and play a part. Now is the time, before it’s too late.

“If you are following Jesus, then you have much to look forward to.”


Heavenly Father, Thank You for adopting me into Your Kingdom. Thank You that no matter what the trials are and no matter how high the hill to climb, You are there to pull me through. Don’t let me be a cynic. I want to make a difference in this world and in the lives of others. Please give me opportunities to serve You and make a difference. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries


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