Many times I have to realign my thinking to focus on the glass being half-full–to reflect on what IS, instead of what IS NOT.
Recently, Pastor Gary Hamrick of Cornerstone Chapel, spoke these insightful words: “Look for what God IS doing instead of what he’s not doing.” He spoke about when John the Baptist was imprisoned solely for telling the truth. John the Baptist had believed Jesus was the One to come from God, but after spending a year in prison, his mind wandered and he questioned.
John the Baptist sent two messengers to Jesus in search for answers: “When the men came to Jesus, they said, ‘John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?… He replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.’” (Luke 7:20, 22)
Jesus met John the Baptist in his doubt and shared the wonder and miracles of God. He focused on all that God was doing.
In what ways are we consumed with what is not happening in our lives instead of what is? The Lord’s wisdom dug deep into my heart and mind with this message. It is easy to be fixated on what we desire, but I believe the Lord is trying to pry our minds free from this, so we can recognize what already IS.
Are there beautiful moments happening around you that you are blind to at the moment? When you hear about Jesus sharing about the magnificent things God is doing with John the Baptist, are you challenged to shift your focus? I am.
Pastor Hamrick also shared how easy it is in marriage to point out what your spouse has not done or where he or she has fallen short.
Have you noticed lately what your spouse has done? Have you taken time to say thank you? Are you aware of his or her goodness or have you taken it for granted? The Love Dare is a powerful 40-day devotional that encourages spouses to notice each other’s goodness and love each other well.
In reality, frustrations will arise in marriage, but each moment we have two choices–to notice what ISN’T or what IS. Today, will you notice what your spouse has done and the goodness she or he possesses?
We are not guaranteed a minute more in this life, so indeed each moment we are given is a gift. This is it. Let’s change our focus from the half-empty glass to the one that is half-full, from what ISN’T happening to what IS.
Jesus encouraged John the Baptist to consider all that was happening: the healings and the sharing of the good news.