Week 1 Memory Verse
Devotion (Day 7)
Some of you were born naturally pessimistic. You know who you are! For you the cup is always half empty, not half full. You identify with that great theologian Eeyore the donkey, from Winnie-The-Pooh:"He stood beside the stream and he looked at himself in the water. 'Pathetic,' he said. 'That's what it is-pathetic.' He turned and slowly walked down the streamfor twenty yards, splashed across it and walked slowly back on the other side. Then he looked at himself in the water again. 'As I thought,' he said. 'No better from this side. ... 'Good morning, Eeyore,' said Winnie the Pooh. 'Good morning, Pooh Bear,' said Eeyore glumly. 'If it is a good morning. Which I doubt.'"How can you increase your optimism? Real biblical optimism-not just false optimism that denies reality-comes from faith. Faith has eager expectation that God will work through you and in you. Rick Warren and Tom Holladay have these suggestions from the Psalms to grow your sense of expectation:
- Tune in to God every morning
"In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice. In the morning I lay my request before You and wait in expectation." (Psalm 5:3) Where does David get his spirit of expectation? He starts his day with God. Begin your day by focusing your faith on Jesus. Remind yourself of who He is, and what He has done for you.
- Think on God's promises throughout the day
"Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind upon Your promises." (Psalm 119:95) David was under constant threat of assassination. He needed those promises to keep from being overwhelmed by anxiety! Remind yourself of God's promises too-by memorizing them. Start by memorizing the key verse each week in this series.
I encourage you throughout these 40 days to start each morning by reading about faith, and to commit each week's key verse to memory. We have a sign in the church office hanging over our door as it leads outside: "Eager expectation!" It's a reminder to live each day with biblical optimism!
Read Psalm 8