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Monday, September 8, 2014

Glass Half-Empty or Half Full?

Do you tend to see the glass half-full or half-empty? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1576).

In the parable of the sower (Mark 4), [Jesus] compared the Word of God to seeds sown in different types of soil.  As the parable indicates, the sower sows indiscriminately, knowing that some seed will fall in places where it will not grow. Like Jesus, we are to sow good seed in all places at all times....

Sow a thought, reap an act;
Sow an act, reap a habit;
Show a habit, read a character;
Sow a character, reap a destiny --Anon.

(Above two quotations from a devotional by Julie Ackerman Link, "Our Daily Bread," September 8, 2014).

Whether the glass of life is half-empty or half-full is irrelevant to the purpose and direction of our lives and actions.  Like the sower in the parable, knowing that in some respects the glass is half-empty (bad soil exists) should have no effect upon our actions--which is always to sow good seed as if each one has a chance to grow and flourish (the glass is half-full).  To say "what's the use anyway...." is an option with no hope or promise whatever.  As human beings, though we do not know with certitude every detail of the world's finality, out of respect for the efforts and faith of the past and our hope for the promise of children unborn; we continue to make our best efforts--that's all rightly we can do.

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