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We have all heard the expression: Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Do not be too quick to dismiss this proverbial phrase. Answering it truthfully may actually give you insight into a mindset that may surprise you.

The assumption is that you are a pessimist if you see the glass half-empty, and an optimist if you see it as half-full. It is all in your perspective. We can change our perspective by NOT focusing on what is missing but instead by focusing on what we have.

Thanksgiving is a time of year to reflect on all the positive aspects of our lives, and we have so many of them! Let us have a healthy contentment in what the Lord has given us today and yet, hold onto a holy expectation of what is to come. We can do both by placing our faith and hope in WHO God is. We can know who God is by reading His Word and reflecting back on His faithfulness to us in the past.

Recently, I heard one of my children praise God for His intervention in a negative situation, choosing to look at how God worked in the circumstances. In the past, this would have been expressed as, “Why did God allow it.” While still a trial, the perspective of the situation changed! What a joy this was for my heart!

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

3 John 4

Joy is a fruit of the spirit. It is a state of being that can be enjoyed now and for all eternity and is not dependent on material things or circumstances. It is fine to have things as long as things do not “have” you. Consider further, at what point is enough, enough? The bar measuring satisfaction keeps moving! Things bring a momentary happiness, but this happiness is fleeting and based on happenstance. In other words, as long as things are going your way, you are happy.

Authentic joy is found in God alone. We were created to have fellowship with Him. Try as we may, nothing else will ever satisfy and nothing else can ever occupy the God void that sin has created. From a spiritual perspective, our glass is totally empty without God. The Bible says that our sins have separated us from God:

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

Isaiah 59:2

BUT ...

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

AND ...

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6


“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Revelation 3:20

With our intellect, we can and should gain knowledge of God but it is with our heart that He makes His home:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

By far, what I am most grateful for is my relationship with the Lord.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

Psalm 100:4

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