Seems every American has heard the cliché: ‘Do you see the glass half empty or half full?’ This cliché has been over used, symbolizing aspects of pessimism or optimism.
However, if we look at certain scripture texts, we are called by one of God’s teachers to see the glass half full. We are called to be optimists.
Why you ask? Because of what we are told to focus our thoughts upon.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
I consider a glass half full, especially when I am thirsty, to be very optimistic for my health. My focus then becomes to drink this glass of nourishment.
It seems to me that if look at another person or a situation, I am to see this person or situation optimistically, until proven otherwise.
Brings a whole new meaning to meeting someone for the first time. We are to assume the best.
This is not always easy for me to do, and I consider myself an optimist.