Maybe it’s the fact that I never had the chance to date a cheerleader in high school; or just my stubborn nature that I don’t like anyone trying to artificially motivate me; but the folks with perfect hair and their plastic smiles who preach life is all sunshine and rainbows drive me bonkers.
Most of you who read my blogs or know me on a more personal level understand that I am an optimist. Some may even accuse me at times and teetering on the sunshine and rainbows mentality, but I am also a realist. Having an optimistic outlook doesn’t remove me from the harsh realities of life, but it does provide the tools to effectively cope with adversity (well, most of the time).
So how does an optimist differ from the person who is all sunshine and rainbows (S&R)? The S &R person doesn’t acknowledge the realities of life. They often bury their head in the sand, or escape to their own little world while the problems, challenges and struggles of life pile up around them.
The Bible addresses the need for optimism and certain level of letting go of the overwhelming problems of life, but it also warns us to make preparation.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’” (Luke 14:28-30).
These passages are not contradictory, they are complimentary. God has promised to care for us! Ultimately all things reside within his hands. The power of the universe is at His disposal if we will only ask, but we are expected to do our part. We need to plan, we need to prepare, we need to face the challenges of life as they come.
No, life is not all sunshine and rainbows, but neither do I see the grim reaper hiding right around the corner.