Half Full or Half Empty?

Are you a glass half full kind of person or a glass half empty kind of person?

I think most of the time I’m a glass half full kind of person but I do have my half empty moments – probably more than I want to admit. Especially when things aren’t going the way I wish they would.

What do you know about Joseph in the Old Testament? He had an amazing technicolor dreamcoat, right? Well his brothers sold him off to be a slave and told their dad he was dead. He was a slave, was falsely accused, was in prison and for years things looked pretty bleak for Joseph. But he was a good man and tried his best to be faithful to God and through his brains and his faithfulness became a powerful and trustworthy leader. And then at just the right time, he was able to save his brothers and father and all their families. He didn’t hold a grudge and desire to watch them suffer, he knew that all the struggles he had been through had led him to this point and that God used what had been intended to harm Joseph for good. It’s quite the story – find your Bible and read through Genesis chapters 37 – 50.

I don’t think God makes bad things happen to us so we can learn, but I do think God helps us to use everything in our journey good and bad. As Paul says in Romans 8:28: We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

May we take the bad and the good in our lives and remember that God makes all things work for our good. God wins. We win. Love wins. I want to think like Helen Keller who said, “So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as we gather to remember and remind one another that through Jesus’ mercy our glass is indeed half full and being filled.

Grace be with you,


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