Glass Half FullThursday, February 28, 2013
Soon, the pessimism turned to self-blame and depression threatened to settle nicely in. I was having a real pity-party. But praise God! I turned to Him! I knew that my attitude was poor and I wasn’t showing the appreciation to God that He deserved. So, I prayed. I asked for forgiveness for dwelling on things that He had already released me from and asked for strength to remember my blessings.
His answer was simple and direct:
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).
It took some effort, but with God’s help, my mood turned around. I consciously focused on the blessings that God has given me and the wonderful things He has done in my life. I remembered His love, His grace and the sacrifice He made for me. I thought of the gift of my husband and family and the provisions God has given us. In retrospect, I saw that my complaints paled in comparison to the greatness of God’s generosity. I was humbled.
In that moment, I determined to look at my “glass ½ full” and always thank God for the blessings in my life. Not only does praising Him for who He is and thanking Him for what He does bring honor to our Lord; it also puts us in the right mindset to serve Him. As we go through our day with an attitude of praise we are able to focus on God and His promises rather than on ourselves. And when we look beyond ourselves, we please our Father.