Half Empty or Half Full?

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Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5

 I sit here in the kitchen listening to the rain batter the house. I hear a noise that sounds like dripping water coming from the laundry room…

 Last week I’m watching TV, eating popcorn and I broke off one of my front teeth….

Choices I can choose to make…

“Oh no! Is the roof leaking?”

“How am I am going to handle the cost of getting the tooth repaired?”

We all have similar challenges that present themselves in our lives. We know people that just about everything that comes out of their mouth is negative…lots of “glass half empty” situations.  Anxiety is the first normal reaction to stressful situations, but I don’t have to dwell and wallow around in it letting it develop into negative thinking.  I go back to my owner’s manual on life.

  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

 Thank you Lord that you have given my family and I a great home to live in, that we are warm and dry, out of the weather.

 “…walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Col 2:6-7

 Lord, thank you the broken tooth is not causing any pain.

 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Col 3:15

 “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice.” Phil 4:4

 Do something positive about the situation. Fix it if possible, but always seek Him in prayer.

 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Col 4:2

Thank you Lord for your steadfast love and directions in my life. Thank you for the example of Paul. During his life he had plenty of chances to drink out of a half empty glass, but he chose not. Thank you for Paul’s example of constant admonishment to be thankful..

What are your half empty glasses? Take a drink and refresh yourself from that half empty glass. Thank God for his refreshing drink. Pray, thinking about the positives for there are always a positive in every challenge. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and fill that glass all the way to the top.