Sunday, January 3, 2010

How Much Is In Your Glass?

I woke up this morning thinking about the glass half empty/half full concept. It just seems so flawed to me. What designates the glass as being half empty or half full? Looking at it are they not one and the same?  The only difference, once again, is the person’s perception. Two people can drink their perspective glasses to the half way point and you can ask them the same question: How much is in your glass? One can respond that it’s half empty while the other will say theirs is half full. Now could the reason for saying the glass is half empty be that they do not wish to share what they have left? Vice versa, is the person who says their glass is half full offering to share with their fellow man?

I began to ask myself, why can’t one say that their glass is full instead of half full? When your glass is full you have more of everything; more joy, peace, resources, and encouragement to give to those whose glass is only filled halfway. Furthermore what is wrong with saying your glass is over flowing? After all, Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." So if you are stingy and hold onto your half empty glass because you would prefer not to share, pretty soon your glass will be completely empty. You will have nothing for yourself and no one will know that you do not have anything. It is only those that give of themselves and help others that will be in the minds of others increasing their chances of receiving when they need it most. What goes around comes around.

1 comment:

  1. I like this. When I think about the half empty and half full cup saying, I find my opinion has changed. Ten years ago, I would have said empty simply because I was feeling empty in life. I had no one pouring encouragement, love or anything else in to me. Today, I would say full. I have so much joy, love and peace within me that it does, in turn, overflow on to all who are within ten feet of me. I am thankful for such a full and overflowing glass. It waters my tree and allows me to bear good fruit. In bearing good fruit, I will not be cut down and I will have the opportunity to share this "full cup" love and knowledge with others. Thanks!
    Lovely observation.