Are You a Positive or Negative Person?
Half Empty or Half Full? How do You See Your Life?
How do you look at life? Is the cup half empty? Or is it half full? Is your grass greener or is it greener on the other side? As for me, I like my grass just fine!
I once knew a man who was so negative that even when things were going great, he chose to think negatively. If he got a promotion or a raise at work, he refused to be happy about it. Instead, he worried that he wouldn’t be able to handle the new responsibilities and would be fired soon.
I asked him why he chose to worry over things that hadn’t even happened yet. His response was, “I just know something is eventually going to go wrong. I want to be prepared for it. I don’t want to be disappointed when it happens.”
We all have ups and downs in this life. But he chose to ignore the good times, preferring to be miserable continually. He chose to be sad or angry or worried all of the time, just to avoid being disappointed IF something ever did go wrong. What a way to look at life!
On the other hand, I choose to be positive about everything. When I face a trial in my life, I look for opportunities to learn and to grow from the experience.
One time, I was laid off from a job that I loved. Most people would have been devastated. But, because I was trusting God and seeking His will, I saw that God had given me a gift. He gave me the opportunity to create this ministry; something I never would have had time to do while I was working. And He has provided for me in miraculous ways ever since. I believed the promise He gave me:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Joy In Trials
If you are going through a crisis, think of it as an opportunity to shine for Christ. When people who don’t have hope in Jesus, look on those of us who do, they see that they are missing out on something powerful and may come to accept Jesus as their Savior. As the Scripture says,
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…” James 1:2
We can trust God. He always has our best interest in mind. Sometimes it may seem as though He has left us. But, going through difficult times is what makes us stronger.
If we never had to work for anything or try hard to accomplish something, we would be weak and spoiled.
Paul knew times of abundance as well as times of poverty and He continued to trust God for everything. He knew God would work all things for good.
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:12
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
What About You?
How do you look at life? Half empty or half full? I hope you will see that you can live a life of abundance. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are. You can always trust our Father in heaven to take care of us.
If you have a story of how you handled a bad situation in a positive way, please leave a comment below. We love to hear your stories.