Blindly Optimistic, Friends With The World

I’m blindly optimistic. How ’bout you?

I’m in my 20s and I see the world differently compared to most people. Unlike many, I do believe everything happens for a reason and every story’s supposed to have a happy ending. Is it wrong? Hmmm.

Instead of loving the world and all it has to offer, I strongly believe it loves me. I remember an instance I asked a friend, “Do you feel special?” ’cause I do. I expect all people to like me and find no fault with things I do. Yes I’m a people-pleaser. I’d do everything I can to impress you. I’m willing to take the extra mile just to make you see how awesome I am. Pathetic, right?

Childish, immature, and selfish. Is there any other term worth associating with blind optimism? It all just point out how being one is immensely undesirable. But don’t you feel bad and dare to struggle. There’s actually nothing you can do about it, until God deals with you.

Part of being blindly optimistic is expecting the world to provide your desires – exactly how you want it, right when you need it. While I understand having expectations is human nature, I know how effortlessly it opens a door to the most destructive disappointments. But that’s life. I’d like to believe God designed us to live that way. We expect, we don’t get what we want, we get hurt, we cry, and then we come up with new sets of expectations unconsciously.

But I woke up to how powerless I am. I have no control over many things, especially when it comes to my dreams. I can only think about my aspirations and list all my goals to my heart’s content. Bringing them to life or seeing them materialize is God’s job, if they’re aligned to His will.

Yes, the world is unfair most of the time. It’ll seem deaf to your necessities, then ironically answer your request just when you no longer need it. Annoying, right? That’s the price of being blindly optimistic. What we should do is put our hope in God and have faith in Him alone. Let go of all the  anxiety and stress. We humans simply have no power over the world. Our only responsibility is to bring our concerns to the Almighty and surrender to His ways.

Of course it won’t be easy. After all, dreaming about greatness for ourselves is one of the free things we enjoy. But asking God about them just before translating your desire to action can save you from a heartache. Examine your thoughts and listen to your heart. Do they bring you closer to God? If not, then those things you dreamed of are actually nothing but senseless ambitions this world has pushed on you.

I admit I’m still a bit blindly optimistic and at times, I find it difficult to differentiate it from true faith. But knowing God’s working on me is a relief. I now know the world isn’t my friend, as it could be life’s greatest traitor. Who cares though? I’m not bothered ’cause He has overcome it (John 16:33).

Anyway, I know God’s dream for me is far better than what I can dream on my own. It is for you as well. Why don’t we just let Him take us in shock and delight as he starts unwrapping His good and perfect gift right before us?

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“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
Psalm 25:4-5, NLT

Sovereign, Chris Tomlin

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