Do you see a glass half full? Or do you see a glass half empty?
Sometimes, if not always, we tend to view life from a "glass half empty" perspective. But what is it really to see from that point of view. You see, when you view life from a half empty perspective you tend to focus more on the negative things in life. Okay okay, you might argue that to view things from this perspective is to see things in such a way so we could improve things. Okay I'll roll with you. You may view things in such a way where you could improve things but to pursue perfection is to live a life chasing unicorns (sorry to those who actually like unicorns. Let me use it this time to emphasise on the word fantasy). I say this because in this 'pursuit' would we ever be satisfied? Would we ever be content? Would we be ever impressed? Answer is NO.
Even I, myself, tend to view things from this perspective most of the time. Don't get me wrong its not bad to make the best out of something or improve on something, in fact I'm all for it. But once you make that your goal, your aim, your objective, your PRIORITY, you'll find that in your chase for perfection you would keep running towards a finish line that never was! Its like a ladder that just keeps going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going, and going...You get the point!
We keep focusing on the things that we WANT, the things that we don't HAVE and we forget the things that we ALREADY have, things that we've been BLESSED with. We chase perfection too fast, too soon that we forget to actually just enjoy the scenery and the journey. I'd even dare to say that we NEGLECT the things we have because we want something else - something better. We can't appreciate things we already have.
Your perspective of the glass doesn't just apply to the things we have in life but LIFE in itself - the situations, challenges, struggles, pain. When things seem to be bleak what do you see?
I was reading, just recently, the story about the twelve spies that were sent out to explore the Promise Land (Numbers 13 onwards). One man from each tribe was chosen to go out and report back on what they saw. Most of them came back and gave bad reports saying it was inhabited by giants, strong big men (I'm paraphrasing by the way just in case you think I'm reading a different version). All of them but Caleb saw different.
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Funny how all of them saw the same thing, the same people, the same land, the same fruits, same everything yet the WAY they saw it was so different. See our perspectives can be deadly. They can either help us win a battle or lose them. In this case, because the people moaned and groaned, and even spread fear throughout the people the land that they were suppose to posses, they never saw. Why? because the things they saw overwhelmed them with fear and because it overwhelmed them they groaned and wished they were back in the land in which they were slaves. And because they groaned and didn't think God would help them and so treated Him with contempt, they NEVER saw the Promise Land. Only Caleb and Joshua ended up seeing the Promise Land.
So whatever it is you're facing, whatever it is your up against...
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU SEE??