A familiar question asked to see if a person is an optimist or a pessimist is, “How do you see this half-filled glass of water? Is it half-empty or half-full to you?”
As an overachiever and perfectionist, I saw only half-empty glasses in my life. Even if the level was just below the rim, I felt it was the same as an empty glass. This left me dissatisfied and my heart empty as a result.
Not only would I be upset with myself, I would look at life in a pessimistic and sour way. Even when kind words from others came to me, the glass was still empty. Even with how blessed I was in many ways, with good health, food and shelter, I never felt satisfied. Instead, my mind was focused on the deficits in my life and the abundance others seemed to have.
God fills us to the brim
There are many passages in the Bible that show that God is always an optimist in our lives, and invites us to share in His perspective.
In this holiday season, may your minds, hearts and words have “an attitude of gratitude” as you fill your “cup” with God and the good things He has in store for you.
Christian counselor Dr. Douglas Frey believes in Biblical principles and bringing forth God’s grace in meetings and sessions. Call or email Douglas Frey Ph.D. (952-920-2789) if you or a loved one suffers from depression or other problems. He is a licensed Christian counselor serving individuals and families in Eden Prairie and nearby Chanhassen, Chaska, Shakopee, Minneapolis, Edina, Minnetonka and other Western Suburbs.