I love puns. We have done “punny” Christmas cards most of my life. We have used puns for celebrating events at work and a good pun really makes me smile.
When I found this “Opti-Mist” eye-glasses cleaner a few years ago, I had to buy it! I smile every time I use it, because it’s so clever! They know you don’t need to look at the world through rose-colored glasses, but that you can be an “opti-mist” with your clean, clear view of the world.
An opti-mist expects the best and sees the best in situations; she has a hopefulness and confidence. That doesn’t mean a giddy happiness in the face of sad situations or denying that bad things happen. It’s a hope and confidence that we have that God is with us through it all. The opti-mist has the confidence that God can take the worst that life dishes out to us and make something good of it. The opti-mist sees the world clearly, no fingerprints on those glasses, and lives, loves and serves to make it a better place.
Nellie in South Pacific said it well:
When the skies are brighter canary yellow
I forget ev’ry cloud I’ve ever seen,
So they called me a cockeyed optimist
Immature and incurably green.
I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we’re done and we might as well be dead,
But I’m only a cockeyed optimist
And I can’t get it into my head.
I hear the human race
Is fallin’ on its face
And hasn’t very far to go,
But ev’ry whippoorwill
Is sellin’ me a bill,
And tellin’ me it just ain’t so.
I could say life is just a bowl of Jello
And appear more intelligent and smart,
But I’m stuck like a dope
With a thing called hope,
And I can’t get it out of my heart!
Not this heart…
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11