Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

ARE YOU A HALF-EMPTY OR HALF-FULL PERSON?

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” – Hebrews 11:1-3.

How do you see the glass of your life? Do you think of yourself as a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty person? Most Christians start as optimists. When people are first saved, there are endless possibilities. Everything will have a happy ending. But then the twists and turns of life happen. Possibilities become limited. Some things don’t have a happy ending. The glass seems half-full. There isn’t enough time, money, energy, love, cooperation, etc, to do what needs to be done.  God has provided everything we need today, but our focus is not on what we have but what we think we don’t have. Human nature is such that our wants have a funny way of becoming our needs, primarily when we dwell on what that need or want is. As a result, we are not grateful for the things we have.

When most people consider the change process, they start with the negative. What am I doing wrong? Why do I continue to do things that I should not do, and why don’t I do the things I should? The Apostle Paul struggled with this, too. In Romans 7:15, he says, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” In another place, Paul knew his sinful tendencies very well. That is why, in I Timothy 1:15, Paul says, “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.”

Paul was not afraid to speak candidly about his struggles. He knew his weaknesses. But this ability to be honest about his sin was grounded in the hope of the good news of the forgiveness of sins in Christ.

When you look at your life, do you put yourself on a pedestal or tear yourself down? It is healthy to see your sins, repent, and ask God for forgiveness. But you can’t be so preoccupied with your weaknesses, failures, and sins that you can’t see God’s present grace in your life. We don’t want to ignore either of those things.

When things are going well, God’s love, care, guidance, and protection are easy to see.  But do we see it when our glass seems empty and as dry as the Sahara Desert?  The good news is that our glass is full whether we see it or not.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. How does one be thankful for all God has done daily? 
  2. What can we do this week to be grateful to God? 

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