Have you ever thought about yourself in the terms of whether you are an optimist or a pessimist? Perhaps you have heard the old saying, “a pessimist sees a glass as being half empty, while an optimist sees it as being half full”.
I love this old story that makes a great point about this problem. It seems that an avid duck hunter was in the market for a new bird dog. His search ended when he found a dog that could actually walk on water to retrieve a duck. Shocked by his find, he was sure none of his friends would ever believe him.
He decided to try to break the news to a friend of his, a pessimist by nature, and invited him to hunt with him and his new dog. As they waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by, they fired, and a duck fell. The dog responded and jumped into the water. The dog, however, did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet.
This continued all day long; each time a duck fell, the dog walked across the surface of the water to retrieve it. The pessimist watched carefully, saw everything, but didn’t say a single word
On the drive home the hunter asked his friend, “Did you notice anything unusual about my new dog?” “I sure did,” responded the pessimist. “Your dog can’t swim.”
I believe that God intents for us to be optimists! Yet the truth of the matter is that we are many times the victims of our circumstances. In other words, we become so caught up in what is going wrong in our world that we can’t see past it to see anything good. God’s instructions to us through the apostle Paul however is found in Philippians 4:8. Paul writes, “and now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you”.
The question then is, “are you looking for the good things in life or can you only think of the bad?” “Do you make it your habit to praise or to criticize?” “Do you see the glass half full or half empty?” – © MFTH
God bless you all and have a great week,