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Hope is not the same thing as optimism. It is not the belief that things will always work out best, rather it is the certainty that things will turn out for the best, even if what happens isn't necessarily what you want.

My wife and I pray a lot throughout the day with our children. We were praying one day while traveling in the van when we heard sirens in the distance. Sarah, our 6 year old daughter prayed that no one got hurt. That's a great example of optimistic prayer. Unfortunately, as Christine and I spoke about this we realized this potentially "overly optimistic" approach to prayer, which we taught both our kids could be a setup for confusion and loss of hope/faith.

For instance, what happens if we arrive on an accident scene and someone is dead? As my wife and talked we were both surprised that something like this hasn't happened yet. Children are sharp. I could see either one of our children saying, "But... I prayed to God that no one got hurt and someone died. Why didn't God hear my prayer and do something?" Of course, we all come to this cross road at some point in our faith journey regardless, but that's another article.

We've changed the way we pray now with our children. We are both quite optimistic folks, my wife naturally... I'm a recovering "realist" (grin). Now, we pray for God's Will to be done.

So today, we hope for the best and expect that God will act in everyone's best interest, even if we don't always understand why. And, the plain truth is, no matter how much God might want something, we teach our kids that people have free will and may choose to things which are not in the best interest of all.

I believe strongly in an optimistic approach to life, but the balance of having hope, while accepting other things may happen is an important lesson for us all to learn.



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