Is Your Glass Half Full, or Half Empty?
It’s Always FULL!
When we read how Jesus talked with the woman at the well saying “…whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Doesn’t it seem that, as Christians, we should strive to be full of the “Living Water” Christ talked about?
Every time we let anger and hatred in our hearts, it replaces joy and love. By allowing fear and doubt in our heart, it replaces hope and faith. When our hearts are full of anger, hatred, fear, and doubt, there is less room for God’s “Living Water”. Think of that proverbial glass of water that is either “Half Full” or “Half Empty”. Truth be known, the glass is “ALWAYS FULL”. Way back in eighth grade my science teacher taught a very simple concept, Displacement.
In a nutshell… although the glass might be only “Half Full” of water, the other half is filled with air. The more air pumped into the glass, the less water. The more water, the less air. Displacement. The water displaces air and visa-versa.
Our hearts are the same; always full. Sometimes it has more love than hate. Other times, not. The good news is that you are in control of what goes in your heart. Negative thoughts are generated in our mind, not the Heart.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
When we let dark thoughts take that eighteen inch trip from our brain to our heart, displacement of God’s “Living Water” begins. We must always keep our focus on Christ and His Love to ensure our hearts remain full of Love. As Christians, we are taught to Love People; including our enemies. Love is always the answer.
Growing up, being told what to do was just about the worst thing for me. After all, what kid likes to be told “clean your plate”, “do your chores”, or the worst, “Pick Up Your Room!”?
Is it any wonder that we would push back on something called Commandments? Especially Ten of them. For me, probably like most of my generation, when someone would mention the Ten Commandments, my first thought is usually of Charlton Heston on that mountain. Once I got that picture of Moses out of my head and began to focus on reading the Ten Commandments, all of the “Thou’s” and “Shalt’s” would get in the way. Being a casual (lazy) reader, it was so much work, like reading a different language.
Then, one day, someone introduced me to Matthew 22:37-39. Answering the question “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”. Jesus responded by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” For me, that summed it up in a few, simple words.
Jesus was saying… “Love God, Love People”. Not a Thee, Thou, or Shalt in it! Truly words to live by.
Those four words are the essence of being a Christian. If all of us could only follow those two simple guidelines of love. Like the song says, “What a Wonderful World it would be”.
Going forward my studies showed that those simple four words, encompass all ten commandments. “Love God” covers the first four and “Love People” the final six. Wow! What would Charlton Heston have done with that? Can you see him standing on the mountain top with a lot smaller tablet? Maybe just an iPad? Certainly, it would have made for a shorter movie.
Growing up in the sixties was all about love. While some took it to the extreme with “Free Love”. Most believed it was all about loving one another in the biblical sense. Our culture was permeated with Love. It was in our music with songs like “All You Need is Love”. It was throughout our politics as well. Love one another was the basis of the Peace crusade and “flower children”. Sadly, greed and vitriol eventually engulfed the movement, replacing love with hate. Love was also the core of the Civil Rights movement. Led by Reverend Martin Luther King, he always led with Love and Peace including statements like…
“I love you. I would rather die than hate you.”
So often, today’s protests are full of division and hatred, making me think about those days in the sixties. It didn’t take long for a generation filled with love and peace to be “displaced” by hatred and viciousness. Today, in a world where it seems all are focused completely on themselves, there is one key element missing, Love!
Always Love! – Love Is The Answer!
Love God, Love People!
Here’s a video that we put together called “Love Is The Answer” featuring a wonderful version of the old Todd Rundgren song performed by Rumer. Enjoy!