There's a glass sitting on a table. The water inside kisses the midpoint.
Would you consider that half-empty or half-full?
|Is the glass half-empty or half-full?|
There was a time when I argued with my cousins about this very thing, and I kept insisting that the glass was half-empty.
Why was I so insistent upon that?
I remember being stopped cold with that thought. Why was I insisting that there was no way the glass could be half-full?
Even though I was only about twelve or thirteen years old, I examined my frame of mind in those next few seconds. I thought that was something I would learn once I was older, but here I was getting a lesson in the art of growing up right there on the arm of the couch.
When one of my cousins asked me why I couldn't see that it was a half-full glass, I asked God the same thing. Why couldn't I see it that way? Why did I have to be a pessimist?
In that moment, I made a decision.
I didn't want to be a pessimist anymore.
Right there in the living room, I asked God to help me overcome my negative outlook on life and to teach me how to see the glass as half-full.
I knew the journey would be tough, but it was certainly going to be worth it.
What I didn't know was that God was going to take my request and upgrade it. That's just like Him (He loves to bless us above and beyond what we ask or imagine; see Ephesians 3:20), but I didn't realize it at the time. (Remember, I was only twelve or thirteen then.)
Over the next many months and multiple years, I worked hard to follow the guidance of my heavenly Father as He led me into a positive mindset. It was amazing to realize one day that my thoughts throughout the week had been mostly positive. That was a definite change from my former train of thought. And I liked this change.
I've been thanking God for it ever since.
But He didn't stop there.
Like I mentioned a little earlier, God upgraded my request. How? Well, not only did He help me see the glass as half-full, but He also created a spirit of encouragement within me. I'm not even sure when it happened exactly, but somewhere through the learning of positivity, I also became a voice of encouragement for those around me.
Whether in person or online, my friends have often told me in recent years that I must have the gift of encouragement or that I have encouraged them in their journeys. This is always a delight for me to hear, but not because of anything I've ever done. It's a pure reflection of God's grace in my life. God's work in my heart and mind has paid off already, and I have a feeling there is much more to come. May the Lord God Almighty be praised and receive all the glory, because it is only because of Him that I see the glass half-full... and help others to see it that way too.
Now it's YOUR turn:
Is the glass half-empty or half-full?
Why do you see it that way?
How has God changed your perspective on things?
In what ways have you been encouraged by someone else?
How do you encourage other people?
Join the conversation! I love hearing from you.
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