Glass – Half Empty or Half Full?

So today in church we had a guest minister come in and speak to us today. It was refreshing and quite frankly just what we needed to hear today. So today’s message was about being careful about the words we say and how it might affect those around us. When we are hot tempered and blurt out an occasional “I hate you” or saying something we might regret. So the minister told two stories today (some you might have heard before). The first one goes like this…

There was a boy and his father. So this boy was hot tempered and had anger management problems who had constant outbursts hurting his father etc and those around him by what he had said. So one day his father told him to go take a nail and go to the back of their house to their fence. Every time he had an outburst, his father told him to go and hammer a nail in the fence. So the first day came and he went 37 times. The next day came and the amount of times he went decreased and so fourth. As he learned to control his temper, there were less nails going into the fence. Until the day came where he was no longer out of control. Then his father told him to go and remove all the nails in the fence. As he removed the nails, the fence was left with holes. So his father explained to him that all his outbursts and all the hurtful words he had said left scars like these holes.

Moral of the story is: Although you can say sorry etc. everything you say will leave marks and can scar people for a long time. Therefore be careful about what you say and how it can hurt others.

James 3-5

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark”.


The second story was about a glass. So he picked up a glass with water in it said this wasn’t another story about whether or not the glass is half empty or half full which relates to perspective and how you see things. However he said if he were to hold the glass for half an hour it would be okay. If he were to hold it for an hour, his arm would start to ache. If he held the glass for the entire day his body would start to ache. Then he referred the glass of water to the stresses we have in life. The longer we hold onto them, the more it’s going to hurt and affect us.

Moral of the story is: we need to put down the glass. We need to cast all our worries and everything that is out of our control all onto Jesus who will make our load that much lighter to carry.

Mathew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light“.

Felt that this message hit home at exactly the time it needed to. Not only being careful about what we say but also about the thousands of anxieties and worries of tomorrow that we deal with before they even happen. Learning to trust in God and to let em go. Especially for someone such as me who has a thousand of these by the hour, it’s such a powerful feeling to be able to go to sleep with a sense of peace and knowing that God has already met me in tomorrow. That no matter what happens, He is already there waiting for us to give it to him.

Happy Sabbath,

The Chase.



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