From the Pastor’s Desk
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, and among whom you shine as lights in the world…” Philippians 2:14-15
The pessimist is the one who always finds something wrong about any situation that went seemingly well. Let me explain, God graciously blesses an event the church has put on. After the service, everyone seems to be extremely excited about the experience of God’s blessing; however, there is always someone who will find something to criticize. They will always look for the negative aspect. They will nitpick about something so insignificant such as the usher made the wrong turn when he seated the visitor on the second pew.
The pessimist will always look for the opportunity to see what wrong will happen instead of believing that God is able to handle the situation. The pessimist will always desire to say that something will not work, even though they have no proof that it won’t work. There are two quotes by a man by that name of Lloyd Cory that sums up the pessimist which says, “A pessimist is a person who is seasick during the entire voyage of life.” Also he states, “Two pessimists met at a party, instead of shaking hands, they shook heads.” It is self-examination time for all of us.
If we are not careful, we too will find ourselves always looking for what will go wrong instead of believing what God is able to do right. God expects us to give our best effort and if something does not go according to plan, as long as we do our best, which is what God expects of us. Allow Him to straighten out whatever goes wrong.
Pastor Chuck Swindoll the story of a Pastor friend of his who pastored a church for about forty years. Some of the board members were there when the previous pastor served the congregation, and they were still on the board. Chuck Swindoll stated when he last saw his friend, his friend said to him, he ran into one of those old guys the one day. The board member told him that he was sorry that he missed the board meeting the other evening. The old guy said, he was looking forward to voting no. No matter what, it is sad to say that there are always those who want to say “no,” these are pessimists. Make sure that is not your testimony.
I must be on guard against finding fault with things and learn to find what was positive about it and learn that God will always get the victory in spite of human failure. God is in control!
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor James Moore, Jr.