Thanks to a young friend of mine...I've been thinking a lot today about the concept of looking at life as a "glass half-empty or glass half-full" situation. I've been thinking a lot for a while now about pessimism and optimism...negativity and positive thinking...etc. Our small conversation today, though, really has set my mind whirring to sift these ideas thoroughly.
I believe that pessimism is one of Satan's greatest tools
to rob us of the joy we were meant to experience in our daily lives.
Life is full of a wide array of situations...some good...some great...some bad....and some worse. Life is never truly "easy" and I have learned to not place my full trust in anyone who tries to tell me different. I have learned, though...that even though life is hard, our God is still good.
No. Matter. What.
Let's look at this proverbial "glass" for a moment.
The pessimist says...the glass is half-empty.
The optimist says...the same glass is half-full.
Some have used "being real" as an excuse for their pessimism.
However, the optimist can also say they are "being real."
Both are true...because they are looking at the same glass.
The facts remain facts no matter which perspective you adopt as your own.
The amount of liquid in the glass hasn't changed...but the way the two choose to look at the situation is the difference. LOL...and some might say that the "realist" would simply tell you how many ounces are in the glass, reserving the choice of perspective for someone else. *grins*
Here is one perspective from Scripture that is both encouraging and true:
"Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,
you who have done great things.
Who, O God, is like you?
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor and comfort me once again."
And this is something our Savior personally promised:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Here is one more bit of encouragement when things are
a bit rough around the edges:
"God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are trouble, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels."
2 Thessalonians 1:6-7
So let us hang on to the promises of God no matter what storm thrashes at our gates. Christ described the end time troubles we will face as being like birth pains (see Matthew 24:8 and Mark 13:8). When in labor, the intensity and frequency of the painful contractions can leave a woman gasping for air and needing someone beside her to remind her of the hope that this pain will not last forever. Indeed...God's Word teaches us that these trials we face will NOT last forever. There will be joy after the grief. We just need to keep going...holding onto hope of the promises God has made...and that perfect Peace will be ours after the struggle is done.
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.
Afterward they will receive the crown of life that
God has promised to those who love him.”
~ James 1:12, NLT
God ALWAYS keeps His promises!