Is your glass half empty or half full? I have a tendency to view my glass as half empty and think, “If only my glass was full, things would be better,” or, “If only I had some real talents, then I could do something of value for God.”
Philippians 4:11 says,
[…] I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
Ouch, I have a lot of work ahead for me.
Some people always say things like, “This would be the perfect job if it wasn’t for my boss,” or, “I could be a much better mom if my children weren’t so needy…” Sound familiar? If we aren’t content where we are, chances are high that we wouldn’t be happy elsewhere either.
One morning my daughter Lia handed me a fistful of small purple flowers she found growing in the woods. They were weeds, had only half an inch of spindly stem and were slightly squashed, but I loved them because she picked them for me. She saw something pretty and like children do, she picked them and came to me with her hands behind her back, eyes dancing with joy as she handed me her handful of “flowers.”
You know, I love those flowers because she picked them for me. She was simply trying to show she loves me, and I could have cared less that they were really weeds.
I began thinking that perhaps that is how God views our small talents and gifts of praise and prayer we offer to him. As I said before, I view my glass as half empty… I don’t have anything worth offering, do I? But God is our Father and surely He rejoices over the wilting handful of weeds we offer Him. He won’t toss them aside because they aren’t a large beautiful bouquet, like maybe someone else gave.
They are beautiful to Him because they came from you.