Although I first came across The Optimist Creed many years ago, I had no idea its author was Christian D. Larson — a man whose works I became familiar with after taking the 5 Gifts For An Abundant Life course back in 2010. The workbook for that class contained Chapter 21 of Larson’s book, The Pathway of Roses, entitled Prayers That Are Answered, my favorite inclusion among many excellent selections — as evidenced by the abundance pink highlighter and notes in the margin!
Re-reading it again the other day I realized its message is timelier than ever, given the rampant corruption plaguing our entrenched political class — which cannot or will not summon the fortitude and integrity to do the right thing for the sake of present and future generations — and of course, the pervasive degeneracy that afflicts our culture.
So in keeping with my 10-step plan for a prosperous, healthy and happy 2013 in spite of these major obstacles, here’s an excerpt to reflect upon from Larson’s book:
To live in the spirit of that prayer that is ever asking God for everything, that believes that God is giving everything, and that is constantly giving thanks to God for everything is, in itself, a life of the highest joy. In such a life, everything is being taken to a higher ground, because we are manifesting in body, mind and soul, more and more of the likeness of God. Personal existence is becoming ideal existence, while the soul is living in the full conscious realization of God’s own beautiful world.
Larson bases this chapter on Mark 11:24:
Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them.
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And here’s a video version of The Optimist Creed to help you stay inspired: