Glass half empty
February 16, 2011
You have heard the phrase that has become a cliché within modern society. We have the choice to either see the glass as half-empty or half-full.
Not long ago, I was sitting at my desk working and I became thirsty. I opened my refrigerator, removed the two-liter bottle of Sun Drop, and poured myself a glass.
For some reason, one that I do not know, I tend to only fill any glass to about the halfway point. When I finished drinking that, I poured myself more.
This caused me to think about how satisfied I was in life. What if we are asking the wrong question? Are we pessimistic or optimistic?
What if, in fact, the very root of this question is something that must be transformed within us? Asking whether the glass is half-empty or half-full is simply a question of how we view the unchangeable circumstances that surround us.
One thing bothers me. If life were compared with a cup that is only half-full, would we not take initiative and walk over to the refrigerator to pour ourselves more Sun Drops?
Being able to refill our cup of life would suggest that there is at least one circumstance within our lives that we can control, and that specific circumstance carries enough weight that no uncontrollable circumstance matters. What circumstance do we have the power to control and will satisfy us to the point that our cup is always full, or overflowing?
The secret, which is not so much of a secret, is found in our relationship with God. Our desires are infinite and the only way that those infinite desires can be infinitely fulfilled is within a source that is infinite.
God is infinite, and therefore He is the only one that can fill an infinite cup with which we, as human beings, can be satisfied. This thought brings to light another point of interest. Is it possible for an infinite cup to remain only half-full?
No. If it is full at all it is to an infinite degree, despite the circumstances that surround us. Since God is the only one who can fill our cups to this degree, how is it that we control whether that cup is empty or full?
David, the Psalmist, praised God because he felt so complete, secure and satisfied within his life. He starts in the twenty-third Psalm by stating that the Lord is his shepherd, and because of that he is not in want.
David made a decision earlier in his life to be a part of God’s “flock.” That is a decision that we can make as well. This is the circumstance that is within our control. Because of that, we are only as close in our relationship with God as we want to be.
If we truly put ourselves under God’s shepherd-ship, we will not be in want because an intimate relationship with Him outweighs all other circumstances. David would have known this. He was surrounded by more of these circumstances than any of us might ever be.
David goes on praising God and, in verse five, states that his cup overflows. He remained under the fountain of God’s grace by spending time with God. Being this intimate with God will take us from simply getting a refill on Sundays and Wednesdays to constantly overflowing with satisfaction, contentment and security.
So, here is my question for you. Do you see the glass as half-empty or half-full? If you see half-empty, then start living under God’s fountain of grace by walking in love with Him and stop just visiting the stream.
Not only is this the best way to separate from a pessimistic view of life, but this also provides the greatest joy. I will be completely honest. It hurts. It is more than difficult. It requires sacrifice and suffering, but it is worth it. Get to know God by studying who He is.
He revealed that in His sixty-six-book love letter to us: The Bible. Converse with God, because no relationship is successful without communication, and remember that God is always around, not simply when we have a quiet time or attend church. It is up to you, God is already available. Is your cup overflowing yet?