A Glass Half Empty

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Change isn’t always easily achieved. As we strive toward a goal, it is easy to get lost in the quagmire. Our heavy steps trundle and progress may seem misplaced. The advancement and headway we do attain can look like a glass half empty. We often feel as though we have failed, even right up to the moment of success. How seldom do we measure the fixed destination of success with the slide rule of progress. In school, an unfinished project would receive the grade ‘incomplete’ and would usually be given zero points. If you didn’t finish, you failed. It’s easy to become stressed and tense when a project is half finished, knowing that you will receive no credit until it is complete.

As a youth, I was a very negative person. The question would inevitably arise, “Is the glass half empty, or half full?” I would always answer, “Its half full of emptiness.” Perhaps my answer was a reflection of my heart condition, or maybe I was just trying to be clever. I should have said that it was half full of poison: that would’ve got ‘em! I had embraced my negativity so fully that even a glass half full was a glass I would surely spill anyway. When my co-workers were celebrating the arrival of Friday, I would often remark that it was just one more day closer to Monday. Oh, how I loved to see their faces fall! Misery loves company: It’s a fact.

I’d like to think that I have changed; that I always see the glass as half full. God’s grace and mercy have caused me to only see the positive side of things, and everything is sunshine and balloons! …I’d like to think that. The truth is, I catch myself still seeing the glass half empty from time to time. Occasionally, I can’t see the glass at all. Times of melancholy are common to life, and the most devout Christian will still be sad at times. John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” Lazarus had died, friends and family were mourning, and Jesus cried also. A time of sorrow is not a lack of faith. Falling tears are not a fall from grace.

At times we have cried till our heart would break; till our glass was half full of tears. We’ve wept like the willow and slept like the dead, finding solace under blankets of grief. Psalm 30:5, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Hold tight to the joy of salvation. Thirst for the things of God. Our life may seem like a glass half empty, but our souls are filled with the joy of the Lord. Morning will come, and until then we can rejoice in the salvation of the Lord!

The world around us and personal circumstance can cause the glass to appear half empty, but spiritually we can keep a positive outlook. Psalm 23:5-6, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” We all want a cup that runneth over. Our Joy, grace, and spiritual strength can be a glass that is full. We should never settle for a spiritual glass half empty. Our walk with God will cover lots of ground. We will grow and gain experience. We will change.