Emptying the Half Full Glass by Delores Sanan
Emptying the Half Full Glass
The question “is the glass half full or half empty” has been around for a long time. Most often it is used to determine if an individual has an optimistic or pessimistic outlook about a particular situation. My son and I were engaged in a discussion about a camera. My expectation was that he would be happy to receive the camera I bought him. Being the gracious young man he is, he politely thanked me and walked away after I gave him the camera. A few days later we were in the store where I purchased the camera and he pointed out a very expensive camera and told me that’s really the want he wanted. This of course opened the door for one of our “riding in the car” discussions. As we were talking he apologized and said he did appreciate the one I had bought him “BUT” he really wanted the other one. At this point I posed the question to him, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” I explained to him, there’s always another alternative, the glass could be empty. I wasn’t trying to teach my son about optimism. I really wanted to drive home to him gratitude. Before you complain about what you don’t have, consider what you do have, especially when one of the considerations is, you could have absolutely nothing.
How often have we heard people complaining about not having one thing or another? Many times, these individuals don’t even realize there are other people with much less. Consider the person that complains their house is too small, when there are people with no house at all. I was once read a quote that said, “I complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man that had no feet.”
In James 1:17a we find, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.” And in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are told, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” There is a choice to be made. You can opt to empty the half full glass, negate all the blessing you have received by spending your time complaining about what’s wrong in your life, what you don’t have, and what you wish you had. Or you can start thanking the Lord for his bountifulness; thank him for the half full glass that has the potential to overflow with blessing because of His promises. Instead of whining and crying, give thanks and praise for what you have, for the blessings seen and unseen.