Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full!


Today’s Uplift: What’ in your glass?? Is your glass half empty or half full? How do you answer that question regarding your life? This question is a common expression, used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general test to simply determine an individual's worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”.

It is also used to explain how people perceive events and objects. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality. The phrase "Is the glass half empty or half full" can be referred to as a philosophical question. {Definition of Philosophical: relating to study of philosophy: concerned with the study of the nature of life and reality, or of related areas such as ethics or logic}

We often hear people talking about whether someone's glass is half full or half empty, which is really a metaphor for how someone views their life or the world around them. If someone is negative or pessimistic, people might regard them as seeing their glass half empty. When people view their glass as half empty, they are looking at what they don't have instead of what they do. I Thessalonians 5:18 says “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. If someone is positive and optimistic, people would say they see their glass as being half full. Half of their glass may be empty, but they choose to look at it as half full. They are seeing what they have instead of what they don't. Which type of person are you? Again do you see your glass as half full or half empty?

My glass is refillable at all times! That’s how I choose to look at my life. It is easy for me to look around and see all of the magnificent ways that He has blessed me and my family. If you are the type of person who sees your glass as half empty, think about what might be behind this thought. Have you always been negative and pessimistic or is this a new way of viewing life and the world around you? If this is a relatively new experience, perhaps it is temporary and will work itself out. However, if this feeling persists or you have always viewed your glass as half empty, start studying the Word of God and learn of Him. He is the only one who can fill the emptiness, and start you on your way to seeing your glass as refillable. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding”. In other words, Trust God, He has been in you past, present and your future and knows all. Why lean/rely on your own limited understanding?

Look for the Good in your life and the people around you. Here’s where the glass-half-full philosophy really comes into play. Typically you will look at the bad in a situation (such as, “the grocery store was so crowded because people thought it was going to snow!”) or the good in a situation (such as, “everything was stocked and put out fresh in the store!”) depending on what stands out to you most in a situation. When it comes to change, we usually have a very positive or very negative reaction. But it is a choice! Choose to be positive!

People on a whole always want to label and define things so we describe them—to ourselves and to others (and sometimes differently to various people). So, go on, describe the situation you’re in right now. But this time only describe the good things about the situation. Ask yourself, self “What is good about this situation?” Proverbs 18:21 reads “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Speak positive things to yourself!

Try thinking of all of the positive aspects this change/situation in your life will bring you. Yes, even when a situation seems bad, there are good things you can focus on. You can find the positive in anything. What is good about it? What can you learn from the situation? What can you learn about yourself? Changing your attitude can change a lot. It’s not easy I know that for a fact, but it’s possible. When you’re faced with change, look for the positive; it’s there! Sometimes you might have to look a little harder, dig a little deeper, but you will find it if you look. Proverbs 21:23 “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble”.

Make sure that you stay in the Present. As the author, I’m pretty focused on staying in the present and not dwelling on what’s behind me. When it’s the moment you’re in that’s bothering you, it’s tempting to think that focusing on the past or the future is a good idea, but it’s not. When you’re faced with change, you may be tempted to go back in your mind to the past. Sometimes change will make your mind wonder “What could I have done differently?” or “What’s going to happen in the future?” Though these questions are interesting, they’re not necessarily helpful. For one, you cannot ever go back and redo or undo anything. For another, you have no idea what the future will hold and how the current change in your life will impact it on, God knows that information. Thinking about the past or worrying about the future does nothing (other than waste time). I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”. God has your back, and front, and sides! Remember…TRUST HIM!!

Staying in the present can do a lot for you. If you’re focusing on the present moment, you can deal with the change as it is happening right now. Don’t worry about what might happen; live in the moment; don’t wonder what could have been; live in the now. Mathew 6:27”And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life”?

I am aware that it’s not always easy to do, but it really does help to put everything in perspective and helps you to focus on the situation at hand. Assessing the situation and understanding what you can do about it right now is one of the best ways to accept and interact with the change you’re facing.

Over comer, change can be a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. No matter what kind of change I’ve encountered; and I’ve had some really good change and some really horrible change, I’ve learned from it.

Change has the ability to make you a better person, even if you don’t always realize it at the time. Change can be interpreted any way you want to interpret it, but seeing change as a glass half full is the very best way to make the most of any situation.

Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!

Love P.

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