Is your cup half empty or half full?
We have all met people who go through life complaining or whining or feeling sorry for themselves. These cup half empty folk never see the blessings in their life. If we listen too long, this kind of person or persons can depress or poison us with their sour attitudes. On the flip side, I’m sure you’ve met the half full individuals as well. These are those who look for the bright side and thank God even in the darkest of days. They lift us up with their positive attitude and give us hope.
I bring this up because as we prepare for hard times ahead, many only see the difficulties and obstacles ahead. Some of these are budgeting in order to afford the necessary items when our finances are already stretched to the max. Storing more food, collecting the seeds, learning skills like canning and preserving or sewing…you name it they worry about it. They have questions like: Will we be ready when the day comes and things crash? Will we be able to protect our families from those who didn’t prepare and want to take what we have? Will we have enough to get us through the dark days?
I want to take this opportunity to remind you God is with us. He will never leave or forsake us. We can trust Him to care for us. When you are overwhelmed with worry or general concerns…do what you can do and leave the rest to God. Worry is not trusting that God can or will take care of things. It is looking to self, seeing our inadequacies and not turning to the one who can help. Don’t get me wrong, we still need to do our part. Just don’t worry about it. Slow and steady preparation is the key.
I want to challenge you to be a half, three quarters, or full cup individual. Don’t look at the challenges ahead with dread. This is a time to share our faith in God and His great love. We can share our concerns with those who will listen, band together with like-minded people and plan together for the future. We should encourage one another and share information. We need to vote for more candidates who are in agreement with our views. Last, but not least, we pray God will give us the discernment with whom to align ourselves with and resources to prepare in a wise manner. It’s my hope this short note will give you nuggets of wisdom.