By Angela Errett
What kind of person are you? Are you a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty variety? How you answer this question can help reveal your belief system or perspective. Moreover, once you have self-reflected and honestly answered it, are you willing to change it for the better if needed?
Answering half-empty is a personal point of view or frame of mind that could have many contributing factors, but for the sake of this letter, let me generalize them without minimizing their effects into these three possible categories: generational, life events out of one’s control, or through compromised man-made systems. This perspective focuses on how everything in one’s past seems too large to overcome either knowingly or unknowingly, and unfortunately, the man-made systems they find themselves in have misled them far from the truth.
Approaching life as a half-full glass can also be generational, but that is where it diverges. (I believe God has a remnant unto Himself.) With the half-full viewpoint, one’s personal choice is to look at the good even when life events are out of their control, and they are willing to look beyond the compromised systems to seek out the truth.
Most likely, one’s perspective has fluctuated multiple times, back and forth, from empty to full over their lifetime. It is a process that brings one into maturity–not by age, but in one’s relationship with God. The main reason we struggle is we are born into a fallen world where our minds are deceived, and we tend to live by our feelings, not by truth–this applies to the world and the church body. You could say an “if it feels good then it must be good” attitude or maybe “if it doesn’t hurt anybody,” way of thinking. That is a worldly perspective that will deceive even the church crowd.
God provided Christ Jesus to redeem us from sin and offer the right path to living a glass-half-full life through the guidance of the Holy Spirit–we have to believe Him and what He did for us, then seek out His ways and align our thinking to His. The Holy Spirit is here now, waiting on the non-believers to find Him and the believers actually to start listening to Him. The Holy Spirit seeks out the answers to the questions we have and tells us the truth. No system on earth, parent, teacher, pastor, or artificial intelligence knows what the Lord has in store for your half-full life! (To reach the full-life is to be present with the Lord in heaven.)
Choosing to see from God’s higher perspective as we start maturing into truth, we know we are loved beyond measure, never alone, forgiven, granted grace and mercy, and everything will work out to the good. Sure, everyone messes up, but His mercy is new every morning!
If we choose to only see from the fallen world’s position as if we are just blades of grass on this great big earth, and not something that can rise above all the man-made systems and move out of living in our ‘feelings,’ then the Kingdom life will elude us.
My prayer is that anyone reading this who is not filled with the Holy Spirit–with the evidence of speaking in tongues–would be filled now in the name of Christ Jesus, and those who are filled, shall gain greater intimacy, clarity, knowledge, understanding, and desire of the Father for their life and be able to fulfill their God-ordained purpose here and now. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, let it be so! Amen!
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
Blessings and honor,