Grace For The Journey
Traditionally, today’s rhetorical question has been used to assign people to one of two groups: optimists and pessimists. The question highlights two contrasting points of view when looking at the very same thing. The optimist sees the glass as half full, demonstrating an attitude of gratitude and abundance. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty, demonstrating an attitude of thanklessness and scarcity.
How is it for you?
Do you see your glass
As half full?
Or half empty?
Some people are uncomfortable with the question and respond tartly with phrases like, “It all depends on whether the person with the glass is in the process of filling it up or drinking it down . . . Just because I see the glass as half empty doesn’t make me a pessimist . . . Half of the glass is full of liquid and the other half is full of air.”
To be sure, your answer to this question is ultimately irrelevant; the important issue is your disposition as a child of the Most High God. What is relevant is the way you live out your faith before others and how you reflect the joy of the Lord.
Those who see their life as “Half-full” see all of life as a gift from God. They realize that everything they have is a gift – not because they deserve any of it, but because God is so gracious to give it to them. Their attitude is that everything they have is “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever!” And the more they have, the more they give thanks and praise to the One who has given it to them. We should always see our glass as half full, because it leads to living a full life before the face of God.
Those who see their life as “Half-empty” are never satisfied with their portion, because they fail to see the Lord as their ultimate portion. They are focused on the “stuff” of life. If they have a job, they want a better-paying one. If they have a home, they want a bigger one. If they have a spouse, they want a newer one! They view life with dissatisfaction, always hoping for something better to come along. They live in the gloomy light of Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong, will! They have the proverbial dark cloud hanging over their head.
We do not need to speculate about what our attitude should be about the glass; The Bible provides clear instruction in Philippians 4:11-13, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Those who know and live by Bible truths every day always see the glass as half full. In fact, they are simply thankful for whatever God has chosen to pour in their glass at that moment. The celebrated Confederate general, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, once said, “I have so fixed the habit of prayer in my mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without asking God’s blessing.” General Jackson was standing on the Rock!
He knew full well that we
Deserve nothing but
Judgment and condemnation;
Instead . . . if we have trusted
In Christ’s atoning death on our behalf,
We receive mercy and grace.
We should be overwhelmed that,
While we were still sinners,
Christ would die for us!
We should be awed by
The inconceivable love of Christ
And receive whatever comes our way
With a heart of thanksgiving.
Does this describe you?
Please don’t misunderstand me; I am not suggesting that we are to live lives devoid of dreams and desires. God created us for growth and we should growth in every area of our lives that furthers the purposes of God. What I am saying is that while we are dreaming, desiring, and doing everything we can to expand the cause of Christ for the glory of God, we should maintain an attitude of thanksgiving for whatever portion He delivers to us.
The glass is always half full for those who live Gospel-saturated lives, and their attitude of joy and abundance is evident to all who come in contact with them. This is the best picture we can show a broken and hurting world of our good, glorious, and gracious God.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”