Photovotional — Half Empty Or Half Full?
October 3, 2013
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Is the glass half empty or half full? Humorist George Carlin said, “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” Daniel Tosh said, “Some say the glass is half empty, some say the glass is half full, I say, are you going to drink that?”
Ok, seriously now… It’s a familiar quote that reminds us there are two ways to look at life: the pessimistic view (the glass is half empty) and the optimistic view (the glass is half full).
Those of us who have intentionally entered into a relationship with God, making Him our top priority, should be “the glass is half full” kind of people. True, this is a fallen and messed up world and many aspects of life aren’t the way we’d have them be if we had anything to say about it. But it’s also true that God is on His throne, all the time. He’s in ultimate control, and, with God, good inevitably trumps evil. When we continue to fixate on what’s wrong we deny, or at least are distracted from seeing, the good God is up to.
Most of us know the story of God leading His people out of slavery in Egypt and that there were no adults (except for Joshua and Caleb) who made it through the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness to see the Promised Land. Why? God tells them (and us) why. “In this wilderness your bodies will fall – every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me.” (Numbers 14:29) Their terrible sin that kept them from seeing the Promised Land? Grumbling! Oh boy!
Being an optimistic person as over against being pessimistic isn’t a fool’s choice to ignore what’s wrong with life. Being an optimist is to be the natural response of being aware we’re in the continual presence of God.
But, I also find it helpful to regularly prompt myself to list those many things for which I can give thanks. This helps me focus on the glass being half full instead of half empty, and helps me move from grumbling to being grateful. I recommend it.