What is optimism? According to Merriam-Webster it is:
1 : a doctrine that this world is the best possible world
2 : an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome
Living in a sinful world I choose not to believe that this world we live in is the best possible world; that is saved for heaven when we leave this earth. I choose to accept the definition of optimism as that of the second: anticipating the best possible outcome. True optimism I believe involves faith and understanding. Faith that God will provide and understanding that what God will provide isn't always what we want, but that He will provide what we need.
My dear friend Lori is well aware of this. I choose to use my blog once again to bring light to their story. Their adoption of Matthew is being contested. It is a very sad and scary time in their family. However, optimism holds strong in their hope and in their prayers. They are hopeful that they will keep Matthew, but also they are prayerful for what is best for Matthew. Amid this fear is an amazing optimism and clarity that God is in control. They are relying on faith and through their optimism they are able to enjoy every second they have with Matthew.
Please stop by their blog and show them support. As I mentioned before there is a financial burden involved with an adoption and an even greater one attached with a contested one. If you are at all able to assist with that there is a donation button on Lori's blog that you can provide support financially to their cause.
I am optimistic that everything will work out as it should. And that is all we can hope for. Please enjoy these pictures of their family (I stole them from her page.)