Feb. 14, 2018

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

 

Those people who are pure in heart see the world through God’s eyes and look for God in everything. It is a difficult endeavor.

I am a realist. I’ve explained before that many of my friends, my husband in fact, are optimists. They look for the good in all circumstances. I find pessimists – those “negative thinkers” – very challenging. The common saying, “Do you see the glass half empty or half full?” describes the difference between pessimists and optimists. I find myself asking, “You realize it is just a glass, right?”

I believe life hands us both cherries and lemons. We can choose to make pie or sour juice. God’s word tells us to be grateful for both (Romans 5:3-5).

We live in treacherous times. Division is running rampant. Instability is feeling fierce. It would be easy to roll on over into the pessimist column and see that glass half empty. I find it disturbing that some of the more optimistic people choose to deny that we have problems. Folks, we have problems. Those problems do not have to overcome us. See, I am a diehard realist.

I posted a comment the other day on Facebook that read, “Denial is a powerful weapon of mass destruction.” It is. If we refuse to see things for how they really are, we refuse to learn the lesson in the experience. Life hands us both good and bad. It is up to us to accept both offerings understanding God will always see us through. So, He isn’t an optimist. He certainly isn’t a pessimist. He moves beyond a realist. God is victorious!

Philippians 4:13 teaches us that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God brings victory to those who are willing to hang on and trust Him. We will not like everything we face. All things will not be good things. There will be some difficult things cross our path. Life is the good, the bad, and the very ugly.

We get to decide – succumb to the trial or rise to the occasion? Our faith determines our choice. The view does not determine reality. How we choose to look at life is what determines our reality.

 “If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul.” Matthew 6:22