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Glass Half Full

The way you perceive something is the way you will receive it. You make a choice to look at a situation as a glass half full or half empty. You can look at how big your problem is or you can look at how big your God is. You can focus on your circumstance or you can fix your eyes on Christ. You can look at your overwhelming situation or you can look at your overcoming Savior.

Paul finds himself with this same decision. In 2 Corinthians 6, he starts by listing how bad his situation is “in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger.” But Paul doesn’t stop there. In the second half of verse nine, he flips the script and starts to write “dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” Paul chose to see the positive in everything that he went through. He chose to look at his situations in faith and not fear.

How was Paul, after everything he had been through, able to look at the glass as being half full? Better yet, how can we take this same perspective on our lives? Well the Paul who wrote 2 Corinthians is the same Paul who wrote Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Paul knew that God would work everything out in his life for God’s glory and for his good. He believed that if it wasn’t good, it wasn’t over.


  • Are you always seeing the glass as half empty or as half full?
  • How has your perception changed your circumstances in life?
  • Where in your life can you start seeing the positive instead of the negative?

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