Week 6/7/8: Optimism

Psalm 71: 5
For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. 

As a Christian, an a teen developing my faith, I have found that one of the most important components to having a strong faith is hope/optimism, (since the blog title), you have to have faith in God that everything that is going on in your life will “work itself out” as my mom always says. But, I have found that that can be SO hard. When a problem occurs in my life, the first thing that pops into my head is NOT “This must be a part of a bigger plan, and its something I have to go through”, I’m quick to ask the oh so overused question, “Why is this happening to me??” and my problems aren’t anything close to the horrific things you hear on the news every day. So I began looking back at some of the little problems in my life the see how they have helped in the future.

One summer when I was about ten my parents found a camp at our local park district for SIX HOURS a day for like one week. I can bet you can guess how little Cassie responded, and yes, tears were shed, and yes I was still signed up. I literally thought that this camp was going to be the death of me. I went the first day and you would have thought I was going to see a six hour documentary on how paper was made by my overall demeanor. My mom dropped me off, urging be to keep an open mind, saying I would like it if I gave it a try. I walked in begrudgingly, already ready to leave. Then we started, and I have to say to this day I have not been to a more fun camp. I can honestly say that camp made me fall in love with the sport, and without it I don’t know if I would still be playing today. So even if I thought this was going to be the worst week of my life, the fact that I went made me not only a better basketball player, but a tad more trusting in my parents.

Of course this situation has happened over and over again in my life with my parents, and I’m not complaining. By doing things I intentionally can not wait to be done with, I am helped with in the long run. Keeping hope that everything you will have good, even great, repercussions in the long run, is the reason I have gotten stronger in my faith as the years have passed.

Thank you all so much for reading! I promise these will become regular again, I know I’ve been slacking. I pray that you all look at the struggles you have in you life this week as plans from God, and you all have a great week! Thanks again for reading, and have a rocking week!

 psalm 71 5

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