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Notes from the Organ Bench

A Glass Half Full or Half Empty


With all the rain we have been having, I couldn't help think about the old adage, is the glass half full or half empty. Well, I can tell you for sure my rain gauge is half full, and more at times. Are you a glass half full or half empty type person?

I know plenty of both. They say an optimist sees the glass as half full, meaning that they have a positive outlook about most everything. They see the opportunity in all situations, whereas; the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. Many times they look at the negative side of any situation. I have been called both.

I like to think I'm a realist rather than a pessimist or an optimist. I try to think things through without jumping to either conclusion, good or bad. Sometimes, I get criticized for this. Sometimes, I miss opportunities; but I always like to err on the side of caution, especially as I get older. For instance, the half full type person wakes up and sees a bright sunny day, just perfect for getting on the roof and cleaning out the gutters. The half empty person sees the beautiful day but thinks the gutters can wait. While the realist (me), sees the beautiful day and knows the gutters need to be cleaned but realizes he it too old and fat to get on the roof so he figures out an alternate way to clean the gutters safely from the ground. So which one is right???

They are all right in a way because no one can see the future. No one knolls all the what ifs. However, Jesus did. With Lent coming upon us soon, think about what Jesus had to go through and what made it even harder for Him was the fact He knew what was going to happen. He knew the future. It didn't matter if He saw the glass as half full or half empty. He knew the outcome. That outcome would be the torture and death from crucifixion. Jesus was the ultimate realist. Even though He preached the glass half full idea, He knew in His heart the glass was half empty for Him and slowly going down. Even though He knew his, He went through with it. Why? One reason and one reason only, because He loved us. Jesus' love is beyond all human comprehension. He came down from heaven, was made man, was crucified, died, and was buried, all because He loved us so much. We don't deserve it, but it's there. All we have to do is open our hearts and accept it. Jesus died to save us all, but all will not be saved. It's up to us. Come share the Lenten journey with us each Wednesday night starting Ash Wednesday. Come and open your heart and follow Jesus to the cross. Jesus died a horrible death, for us. All He asks in return is that we love and praise Him and tell others about Him. I heard something this week that I thought was more fitting than the glass half full saying. It said...when you see a rose, do you complain because the rose has thorns? Or, do you praise God that the thorn bush has a rose? Think about it. Jesus is the rose on the thorn bush of life and no glass of water, whether half full or half empty can compare to that.



-Michael J. Kotish