The Gratitude Challenge–Day 6

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“There are only 2 ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”—Albert Einstein

Is the glass half full or half empty?

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They say that an optimist sees the glass as half full and a pessimist sees the glass as half empty. Those are usually the only two choices usually given, but what if I gave you a third choice? What would you see then?

What if I said that the glass is neither half full nor half empty but is always full? What would you say then?

Look at the glass. What fills the space when the liquid doesn’t? It is not something that you can see, but it fills the space all around all of the time. Have you guessed it? It is air. Air fills the glass even when the glass looks empty and it overflows the glass.

I think that our lives are kind of like that glass. We look around, and we either see our lives as half full or half empty when they are truly filled all of the time.

Being at home with my grandmother is wonderful. I have a lot of time to do what I want and there is a large sense of freedom in that, but there are boundaries on my freedom such as the amount of time that I can spend away from the house and no money to do anything when I can get away from the house.

It can be very easy to focus on the two things that I don’t have instead of all that I do have, time away from home and money, and to start feeling sorry for myself, but the truth is that we are not to look at life from the perspective of what we are missing. When we do, then we are always missing something.

The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

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In every situation we are to be thankful. We are to see the glass as full.

My life is full. My life is always full. Christ fills it. It might not be filled the way that I think that it should be, but it is always full.

What it comes down to is the way that I view it? Do I view it through a lens of gratitude which helps me to see the fullness? Or do I view through a lens of dissatisfaction, always wanting more, but never seeing what I do have?

Activity:

Take a walk around your house.  Look around you at all the things that you do have. Do you have a television? A bed? A roof over your head? Then you are already more blessed than many people. Take a moment and tell the Lord, “Thank you,” for what you have.

Journal prompt:

How do you see the glass? How do you see your life? Do you view your life through a lens of gratitude or a lens of dissatisfaction?

What are some of things in your life that you take for granted? Write them down. Give thanks for them.

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