And… the unpacking of books continues. I don’t know why (I guess its a by-product of my being a bookaholic) but I can’t help but look at and flip through the books and magazines I unpack.
I was unpacking a box of magazines the other evening, and one in particular had an article I wanted to re-read. I was sure I had to do it right then. I was flipping through the magazine to get to the page I wanted and something I saw quickly as I passed by a page caught my eye. It was a picture of a female executive of a large corporation and it looked as though her title was “Director of Optimism”. I quickly went back to that page and found that in the flipping of pages, what had looked like “optimism” was actually operations.
That got me to thinking, what a great position to hold, Director of Optimism. We certainly need people like that today. We are living one of the most pessimistic times in recent history. Nothing seems to be going well, or so the various news outlets would tell us. They tell us the present is bleak and the future will be bleaker. We should be optimistic because we serve a God who is greater than the culture gods (little “g” – gods which are not gods at all) of this world. And, as long as there is a Father God who loves us, who we will trust in our heart, mind, soul, and strength there is hope and possibility and grace and love.
What we need is people around us who will be Directors of Optimism. People who will let the power of our Optimistic God (who sees us not as we are but as we might be – which sounds like optimism to me) dwell in them and flow through them. Who then can be used by God to inspire others to be Directors of Optimism also.
One of the things on my to do list is to have some business cards printed. On them I plan to have listed as my title Pastor (we are all minsters of the gospel) and along with it, Director of Optimism.
Rev. Milt Whatley, MUMC pastorread more