Half Full or Half Empty


We’ve all heard the half empty, half full discussion. I’ll be honest. I have to force

myself to perceive the glass as half full much of the time. My normal inclination is to see the dreary side of things. I guess that’s my old melancholy nature I inherited from somewhere.

But I’ve received an inheritance much more important than the genes of my ancestors. 1Peter1:3-4 say: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.” As Christians we now look forward to a family heritage in the eternal city of God.

It’s easy to see the glass half full with this perspective. Sure life has disappointments, pain, and hardship, the half empty glass. But look what’s in store for us in the future. I fix my eyes on the half full glass of the present and praise my God for his blessings. My day is filled with joy when I’m able to see life in this manner.

Once when we were RVing, I looked out the window. I saw the perfect example. The first picture was in the foreground—an ugly tool shed. But beyond I saw a grassy knoll.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,” and we’ll never see the glass half empty again.



2 thoughts on “Half Full or Half Empty”

  1. One of my favorite non-fiction books is “The Happiness Dare” by Jennifer Dukes Lee. She has you do a happiness assessment to determine what your happiness style is, and infuses lots of scripture with word studies to show that happiness (not just joy) is biblical too! I’ve led a great “book club” a few times on it, and we learn a lot and laugh a ton!

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