Looking at the world we can either be an optimist or pessimist. But optimism can be naïve and pessimism leads to cynicism or despair. We’re always at risk of falling into either – whether we are committed Christians or convinced unbelievers. But the Good News of Jesus sets us free from both optimism and pessimism. It gives a true and solid hope for those who can look past the veil and see it. Sermon by Steve Swan, from the 11th of September, 2016
An optimist is a man who looks after your eyes, and a pessimist is a man who looks after your feet.
G.K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)
I think much pessimism is a kind of disappointed religious faith, which has retained something of the sense of the fallen condition of mankind without the religious hope that enables us to live with that.
Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’…. In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
Victor Frankl (1905-1997), Man’s Search For Meaning
Are you responsibly optimistic? Pessimism and leadership do not mix. Leaders are positively visionary.
J. Oswald Sanders (1902-1992), Spiritual Leadership
We do not need Christ to tell us that the world is full of troubles. But we do need his explanation of history if its troubles are not to be meaningless.
Michael Wilcox, The Message of Revelation
I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead
Lesslie Newbigin (1909 – 1998)