Today’s Daily Med:
Pessimist: sees difficulty in every opportunity
Optimist: sees opportunity in every difficulty
Most of us have heard the old expression about the glass: either you are a “glass half empty” or a “glass half full” kind of person. The half-empty people would be pessimists, and the half-full people would be optimists. What if you were to step outside the box and say you were a “glass is full” kind of person. Think about it. If the glass is half full with water, then the other half is full of air. Therefore, it is completely full.
As you can see, I lean toward the optimist point of view. I didn’t always, however. It took developing a strong relationship with the Lord to feel that way. Once you begin to see things through His eyes, the entire perception of things around you changes.
Let me give you an example. When my dad had major cancer surgery a year and a half ago, he was in the hospital for over three weeks. I could have cried the whole time and demanded God to tell me why he did this to my dad. However, during that time, I was able to give out several tracts and witness to a couple of nurses. God used me to plant some seeds. I can’t say for sure, but that may have been one of the reasons he put my dad there. I often think trials are not singly purposed.
Another example would be a woman I know who recently was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the most aggressive cancers around. She is jaundice and too progressed to have surgery. The tumor connected itself to her blood supply. She has kept her spirits high, and she says that if through her suffering and death her family gets saved, then it is worth it! That is a “glass is full” kind of attitude! Her prayers have already begun to be answered because her two boys have already made peace with her.
Was Jesus a half-empty kind of person? Did he say that he couldn’t heal the blind man because it would cause chaos and problems? Of course not! Did he think that it was too late for Lazarus? I mean, he was already wrapped up, dead, and in the tomb for four days. No, He called him out of his death slumber. Jesus was not only a “glass is full” kind of Lord; He was a “glass overflowing” kind of Lord!
For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37
My point is a simple one today: trust God and you will see an opportunity in every circumstance, every trial, and every step you take! Nothing is impossible when you have Jesus on your side. Pessimists, wake up to the idea that the only reason you hit so many difficulties in your opportunities is because you put them there!
Remember this if nothing else: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26