After worship yesterday, Chip, just down from the choir loft, came in the sanctuary and handed me a plastic bag.  I’m thinking this might be an interesting conversation. He told me a little story about how he was getting ready for worship and was buttering a toasted English Muffin. I’m guessing you need nourishment to make a joyful noise to the Lord.  Then he pointed to the plastic bag. Have you ever seen this? The message printed on the bag reads, “Wake up to what’s possible.” Now, Thomas English Muffins is a standard staple in the Wismer household but truthfully I’ve never notice the phrase. (There’s a message about paying attention but that’s for another day.)  I’m intrigued by the principal underlying the “Wake up to what’s possible” message.  Is “what’s possible” something you see as favorably or is “what’s possible” discouraging? I read somewhere Thomas Edison looked at his flops as successes in eliminating unworkable solutions. He famously said after creating a commercially viable lightbulb, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Is the day filled of possibilities fruitful for you or is it futile for you? “Optimism” comes from the Latin word “optimus,” meaning “best.” I was interested to discover psychoneuroimmunology teaches there is a direct link between your optimism or pessimism and your mental and physical health. Numerous studies have established pessimism can lower immune functions, decrease the rate of recovery from surgery, and increase one’s vulnerability to life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Optimism does the opposite. Research also shows religious beliefs and practices are related to greater optimism, higher life satisfaction, happiness, hope, purpose and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:13
“Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves;
set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you
when he is revealed.”

Reflection Questions:
Are you more of glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person?
What surprised you today/yesterday?
What helps you see the best in others?

Prayer: Holy God, let me look for the best in other people and in each situation.  Help me to do my best, today and every day. Amen.