Is your cup 1/2 Full or 1/2 Empty? My Cup Runneth Over!
Philippians 4:12 (NIV)
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
We are complainers. ALL of us share an “entitlement” mentality. It’s part of the human nature. However, every once in a while, we are humbled back to a place of reality. As we begin this month observing Thanksgiving, where do we start? Being grateful is not a natural gift. It’s a choice, it must be learned—we are not born with an attitude of gratitude.
I read an article this weekend that I just cannot stop thinking about.
Kari Kampakis who writes for 280 Living shared the following thoughts in “A Silver Linings Mindset.”
“Whatever is bothering us, whatever we’re taking for granted, someone else is praying to have our problem.
*The noise and chaos that awakes us each morning because our kids are wild as bucks – an infertile couple prays to wake up to that music.
*The check-out line at the grocery that tortures us because we’re impatient—someone prays for money to buy food and a reason to wait in line.
*The date-night with our spouse we’re tempted to call off because we’re tired—someone prays for a spouse who loves them and wants to spend time together.
*The toddler who drives us mad because they never quit running—a mother prays her child will walk one day and enjoy life like other kids.
*The work we dread going to, day in and day out—someone prays to find work today, because the stress of employment is far better than the stress of unemployment.
*The child who constantly calls for us and asks for help—someone is praying their child in college will call them because it’s been five days since they’ve heard their beloved voice.
*The bad hair day that makes us want to stay home—a woman who’s lost her hair to chemo prays her hair will grow back.
Perspective can be gained when we learn to appreciate everything. A daily thankful book is something my husband and I started, but it’s gone by the wayside. I am pulling that book out right now!
Is your cup 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? The truth is, my cup runneth over! I know my life is full, and I won’t soon forget that when my thoughts begin to maneuver toward a less than grateful mindset.
WE ARE SO BLESSED!
Guide me each day to recognize the abundance, blessings, and favor you so freely provide. Please forgive me when I take things for granted. Help me recognize the blessings that abound all day long. Teach me to choose a silver linings mindset. I know when I keep my eyes on YOU, I can’t help but be thankful.