A better mindset: optimism or hope?

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By Dave Henning / April 6, 2012

In Chapter 8 (“Focusing on Jesus”) of If You Want to Walk on Water  . . . , John Ortberg differentiates between optimism and hope.  Optimism requires a belief  that things progressively will get better, whereas hope is more inclusive and faith-based: “Hope includes all the psychological advantages of optimism, but is rooted in something deeper.  When I hope, I believe that God is at work to redeem all things, regardless of how things happen to be turning out for me today. . . . Our ability to live in hope- to remain focused on Christ during the storm- is largely dependent on what we feed our minds.  This is how we are able to focus on the Savior rather than the storm.”

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