You are probably familiar with the dilemma of a glass being half-full or half-empty. It’s obvious the glass has only one amount of liquid, but it’s a person’s perception of it that colors their outlook. Someone who considers it half-empty probably sees that there is only so much left before it is all gone – and “then what will we do?” On the other hand, those who see it as half-full probably think, “Wow! I still have half the glass left to drink!” I couldn’t help but see myself in this principle during a time of change in my life.
While I recognized the hand of the Lord in the changes, I was focused on the ending of things, resulting in a sadness permeating everything I did or thought. As I prayed before bed one night, however, knowing the next morning would be the first day following the “end”, the Lord spoke to my heart that it was really the first day of the beginning I was facing. I was actually stepping into something brand new, not just leaving something behind. It is an understatement to say this simple sentence changed my whole outlook! Though I still didn’t know what I was beginning, and things really were ending, I now saw it from God’s perspective. I now saw my glass as half-full, rather than half-empty. Further, I could see He was beginning the process of filling it up again – with new and different experiences to add to those He had given me before.
Philippians 3:13-14 “13. . .Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Had I continued to dwell on the endings – with a half-empty glass mentality – I’m sure I would have missed much of what the Lord had for me in the changes. I couldn’t have pressed forward with my all because I’d have been looking backwards – and that makes progress difficult, if not impossible. God’s Word changed my perspective so I could see the glass as half-full, awaiting His refilling, no longer half-empty and running out. Sadness was replaced with excitement and anticipation about the new things Daddy had for me in this adventure of life in Christ, because it’s not the end, but the beginning!
Proverbs 3:5-6 “5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” AMP