The tall plastic cup only cost me 96 cents. I didn't buy it because I wanted to gulp down 16 ounces of anything.
It shouted its message at me from the display shelf: HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL. I bought it because I wanted to think about what it really meant.
Shouldn't it be a question rather than a declaration? It reminds me that in all circumstances and at whatever season of my life, I am the one to control my attitude and my response. It is a matter of my perspective.
Can any of us say that life always gives us a full cup in our expectations or desires? We tend to focus on our deficiencies and conclude that we are only half full at most. We look at our weaknesses and limitations and suspect that we might have been short-changed in our abilities or opportunities. Life has cheated us when luck or blessings were handed out.
Two people can look at their “cup” of life and come to different conclusions. One may declare in a positive way that his cup is half full; another may negatively insist that it is half empty. It is a matter of perception and understanding. It is also a matter of willingness to accept our apportioned lot in life.
Jesus wasn't sent from the Father to give us “half” of anything. Jesus went over the top to promise us life more abundantly—not a half cup, not a full cup, but an overflowing cup. And He promised the fullness of the Holy Spirit not just “mercy drops 'round us falling.” As David the musician king shouted in joyful elation, “My cup runneth over!”
In the words of the popular country song,
“I'm drinkin' from my saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed!”
My most vivid recollection of my Czech Grandma Anastasia's house was the overpowering smell of coffee when I walked in her front door. A large, blue-speckled enamel coffee pot was always brewing on the wood stove for Grandpa Jed and for anyone else who might drop by to visit. The aroma of freshly baked kolaches, (a fruit-filled, yeast dough traditional Czech bakery,) mingled with the powerful scent of Hills Brothers coffee. (The fav coffee in the 1930s)
Grandpa never complained. He smiled and said coffee tasted even better from the saucer. He drank the saucer spill-over first. I think he deliberately sucked it up noisily because it caused his little granddaughter to giggle.
Our Heavenly Father is so generous with His blessings that we can't say He is the God of half way full or nearly enough, not even the God of enough. He is the OVER BLESSER, the God of more than enough! Scripture says that the Lord pours into our laps “a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” Isn't that overflow wasteful? No. He gives us the extra so we can bless others.
My plastic cup really isn't telling me the whole truth—God doesn't promise us “half of anything!” The overflow onto my saucer is “that I will dwell in His House forever!” (Psalm 23)
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