How Full Is Your Glass?
Tom Cheney, The New Yorker magazine, October 10, 2016.
Amusing Musings – The following quips, while amusing, can also get us to thinking about how full our lives really are.
- Some see a glass half empty. Others, a glass half full. I just see that someone forgot to put his glass into the dishwasher upside down and we’ve talked about this, [Steven].” – “Tim Siedell (@badbanana)
- “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.― George Carlin
My Musing – How full is your glass? Does it really make a difference whether it is half-empty or half-full, or how you put it in the dishwasher? In each case, the glass is simply not full. Settling for a smaller glass is not the answer, you still end up with less than what it could have been.
Jesus said, “I have come that [you] may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV 1978)
But first, you must have the life that He offers. If you do not have this, see my series of musings under “The Born Again Experience.” If you have that life, but feel that it is less than it should be (not full), see my series of musings under “Got Spiritual Milk?”
And these are just the beginning. How about a glass that is not just full, but overflows?
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me . . . my [glass] overflows.” – Psalm 23 (NIV 1984)
No matter what your circumstances may be.
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 [whether the glass is half-empty or half-full]. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV 1984)
A spring welling up to eternal life.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him [is neither from a glass that is half-empty nor half-full, but] will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (NIV 1984)
My Advice – Drink from the glass and quench your thirst. The glass will still be full after drinking it all up.