WHAT KEEPS ME FROM BEING CYNICAL

"In my dictionary the word optimist has your picture by it," my friend said. We had been talking about a long-term situation that he felt was hopeless. He had been disappointed so many times that cynicism seemed a natural response.

In the face of what is before our eyes just about everywhere we look—the dishonesty, the backbiting, the failures—being optimistic can seem unrealistic. But the simple fact is that things are not always as they seem. To look deeply into the reality of things is to be "ready at any time to give a quiet and reverent answer to any man who wants a reason for the hope that you have within you" (I Pet. 3:15, J. B. Phillips translation).

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