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half empty or half full?

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person? Do you tend to look at the negative in a situation or do you focus on the positive? I like to think of myself as a glass half full kind of person looking at the positive side of things. I must admit in the current “season” we find ourselves in, it is harder to keep a positive attitude. Mask mandates, the Delta variant, vaccine questions and controversy, pivoting to online learning at a moment’s notice, and the school year has just begun! Each day seems more like a glass half empty day rather than a glass half full day.

When I find myself going down the negative road, it is usually because I am making decisions and going through my day without trusting in God and calling on Him for direction and guidance. My focus is on myself and what I can do rather than on what God can do through me when I follow the plan He has laid out. Philippians 4:8 reminds us of what our focus should be to turn our days from half empty to half full.

“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.”

So, how can we refocus on these noble things and have the glass half full viewpoint? Make it a priority to be in God’s Word, to be fed spiritually. Come to your Heavenly Father in prayer no matter what is on your heart. He knows your every need and is listening ready to answer. Gather with fellow Jesus followers in worship and Bible study building each other up in faith and truth. Take a breath and remind yourself that whatever is happening in your life right now, God’s got it!

We are doubly blessed that not only does God want us to have a “glass half full” attitude, but He also wants to fill our glass to overflowing! Through His grace and mercy, He reminds us that we are His dear children. Our faith and belief in Jesus, our Savior, fills our glass with forgiveness and the promise of eternal life in Heaven. That Gospel message overflows to others when we share the joy of Jesus and our positive “glass half full” attitude. I pray on those “glass half empty” days, you are reminded of God’s love and His good and gracious will for your life.

Diana Bartholomew, Faith Academy, Las Vegas, NV


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