Anyone who knows me certainly won’t say I’m a blind optimist. Who is these days? The truth? I’m very optimistic—but my core reasons might not be what you expect. I keep a close eye on world politics and events, and even a brief look at things doesn’t inspire positive thoughts.
Still, I have great hope for the future.
How can I say this? Here are 7 reasons why.
Reason 1: History
Human history is full of end game moments—horrendous wars, natural disasters, attempted genocides, and the disintegration of vast empires. And, still, here we are.
This is a tough time in all our histories, but many of us are making it through—day by day, moment by moment. There’s a perk to all of this: take advantage of this time to be more thankful for your loved ones. Tell them how much you love them. Show them.
Reason 2: Human resilience
Our race is tough as nails. Many have battled back against all odds. Whatever evil forces (natural or man-made) that try to rub us out better bring their best game. We won’t go quietly. Our ancestors even survived the Ice Age.
Reason 3: I am writing this. You are reading this.
Even despite the losses and pain, we are here. Alive here and now. This is more significant than we realize since even in the best of times, nothing is guaranteed.
Take advantage of the life you have now and live it to the fullest. You only get one shot at this.
Reason 4: I have a job to do
You are not a victim. You are not helpless. Yes, we might be facing a crisis, but you are tougher and smarter than you know. Even just faithfully completing your day-to-day duties is huge.
Stay focused on core roles. Dad, mom, sister, brother, son, daughter, worker, helper, friend—these are the backbone of the present moment. Don’t underestimate the importance of staying solid now. You don’t have to be a hero. Just show up.
Reason 5: You can make a difference
Sadly, there’s a lot of nastiness out there. Many of us feel helpless these days. I believe one of the best ways to fight back is to help someone. If you can, step out of your comfort zone and give someone a hand.
When you see them lifted up, it will lift you up too. Be the salt and light of the world. Conserve what’s good. Help shine the way for someone.
Reason 6: Families & Communities
I see families coming together unlike ever before. I see churches and communities rallying to get through this struggle together. It’s awesome and inspiring. I see people stepping up to join a constructive team instead of a mob.
People take the time, give the money, and offer their skills to keep this world from falling apart. They are my heroes.
Reason 7: I know the end of the story
As my readers know, I’m not blind to the tribulations of the world. None of us are. There’s a lot of confusion and hurt out there now. Maybe I harp on it a lot, but I’m only trying to find clarity.
Still, I know deep in my heart God exists. I know he has a plan, and even if I can’t understand it, I trust him. The Spirit has shown me my smallness in the universe—nothing and nobody should care, but God shows me great tenderness and care.
I believe more people will seek God during these times. I pray for this. We cannot find meaning today without a spiritual component. Without the Spirit of God to guide and anchor us, the world will only continue to appear more radical and absurd.
Jesus Christ is who he said he was, the Son of God. All the pain, suffering, and sin we see now—Jesus took it all upon himself. He died for it all to set us free. And he rose from the dead on the third day.
There’s a deeper meaning to be found here. It speaks directly to your spirit. It says the answer is found in forgiveness, loving, and giving. No power on earth can withstand these things. The lust for control will never fix our world or soothe our souls. Our plans are limited and many times corrupt. But God exists, and He is good. He sent his Son to show us how to live and love. He cries out to us now to follow him.
This life-giving truth is my greatest hope. It’s unshakable and non-negotiable. No matter how crazy this world gets, my soul knows where to find rest. In the end, this is really my only hope. Not because the other things don’t matter, but because in Jesus Christ, I have all I need.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
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