How to Spot a Church Pessimist

Even churches have pessimists, I’m afraid. I invite you to join me in using this test to determine if you might be one of them:

  1. You assume the worst about most people and situations. Even if everything sounds good, you assume there’s some ulterior unspoken motive.
  2. You see only the negative. You may think you’re the only one in the room who sees reality (at least as you see it), but you never see any positive.
  3. Everything is negative unless it’s your idea. If it’s your idea, though, it’s all positive.
  4. Every sentence has a “but”… Even a sentence that begins with “I really like that idea” still continues with a “but here’s the problem I see.”
  5. You see yourself as a realist, not a pessimist. I don’t know anyone who considers himself or herself a pessimist.
  6. Optimists bug you. In your opinion, they live in the clouds.

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SOURCE: Church Leaders, Chuck Lawless