Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Decision decides destiny. What God wants you to become is the positive person you decide to become when led by God's spirit.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

     For me the glass is not only half-full but more is coming—some would call that “faith.”  I’m one of those.  You must know that your outlook will have an impact not only on yourself and your own health, but you touch those around you as well.  The Reverend Fred Rogers, (Mr. Rogers of television) says, “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”  I believe this, so it behooves (don’t you just love that word) us to carry positive attitudes wherever we go.  You can always find bad things to say about every situation, but you can also always find good things.  One makes you and those around you feel better; the other takes everybody down.  I have a friend in California who always answers the phone as if whoever is calling is the most important person in the world.  His voice lifts, and you can hear the smile when he says, “Hello!”  I know another man who answers the phone with “What?” in an angry and annoyed voice.  I would sometimes call my friend in California just to make myself feel better.  Not only is the way you see the world (and the glass) a reflection of how much you love others, it also has real and measurable benefits for your health and well being.  According to the Mayo Clinic, these are some of the health benefits of having a positive attitude:  

Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular        
Better coping skills during hardships and
     times of stress

These are medically proven and scientifically true results of seeing the glass half-full.  I am not surprised at all.  Now, the experts will tell you that they don’t know why this is so, just that it is.  Well, I think I am smart enough to be able to tell you why this is so—God loves those who share His love and care enough about others and themselves to try to always be “up” and not “down.”  How else to interpret, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Seeing the glass as half-empty (and maybe cracked as well) does no one any good and makes you a person to be avoided.  Hard to be Christ for another person if they avoid you because you are so negative—also impossible to imitate Christ as a negative person.  He wasn’t, Paul wasn’t, the disciples weren’t, and they all had suffering, pain, and disappointment, but they also all had Christ abiding within them.  Let the love of Christ that fills you, fill the glass.  My glass never gets to just half-full, it is always on the way to overflowing.  May your heart overflow with Christ’s love and may those around you be blessed because of your relationship with Christ.  How can your glass be half-empty is Christ is filling your heart?  It can’t be, and you can take that to the bank.
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