Activated - - NEWS - By Koos Stenger Koos Stenger is a free­lance writer in the nether­lands.

While surf­ing the in­ter­net, I stum­bled upon a Pos­i­tive Out­look test. I con­sider my­self a fairly pos­i­tive per­son, with some room for im­prove­ment, but I was cu­ri­ous to see if I was right. Since the test would only take a few min­utes, I filled in the an­swers.

When the re­sults ap­peared, I wasn’t too sur­prised. There was a sen­tence not­ing my ten­dency to worry too much, and an­other on my bad habit of giv­ing too much time and thought to the worst pos­si­ble out­comes. But the con­clu­sion was en­cour­ag­ing: “Over­all, you rarely view the world as a place of bad ex­pe­ri­ences and events. You tend to in­vest trust and faith in the be­lief that things will turn out well in the end.”

Read­ing that last sen­tence, I smiled. In spite of hard­ship and suf­fer­ing, I do be­lieve that things will turn out well in the end. How, I don’t know, but I know that they will. That is be­cause of my faith that God cares, and that He keeps His word. When He prom­ises to keep me un­til the end, I know He will.

I didn’t al­ways be­lieve in Him, nei­ther did I al­ways be­lieve things would turn out well in the end. Those were days filled with stress, tears, and anx­i­ety, when I felt crushed by the weight of the whole world on my shoul­ders. I could al­ready tell that the in­se­cu­ri­ties about my life, my health, my fi­nances, my fam­ily, and my fu­ture were too big to carry alone, but I didn’t yet have the so­lu­tion un­til I found God and my faith grew through read­ing His Word.

An ac­quain­tance of mine has bad health. Not just small prob­lems with a cold or the flu, but ma­jor is­sues that have kept him un­der fairly in­ten­sive med­i­cal over­sight for the last 10 years.

Un­for­tu­nately, faith is the last thing on his mind. “I don’t need God,” he told me. “I can carry it my­self!”

But he can’t. He wasn’t meant to, but be­cause he thinks he needs to, his life is much more of a strug­gle than it would need to be.

I am not a bet­ter per­son than he is. I am not smarter, more pa­tient, or more per­se­ver­ant. But there’s one thing I do have which he doesn’t. I have faith that God cares. And that’s the key.

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