There’s a glass sitting on a table. The water inside kisses the midpoint.
|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.
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.
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.
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.