One of my favorite shirts to wear is a“Life is Good” shirt that has a picture of a glass of milk with the phrase “Half Full” under it.  I realize that I have been given a critical spirit.  I tend to look at a picture perfect day and I am the one that can notice the cloud in the sky.  I want to be the person who sees the glass of life as “Half Full.”  After all, I live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.  I have received a world-class education in theology and have a career that allows me to study about God for a living.  I have a wife that loves me much more than the day I met her and the feeling is reciprocal.  I have two healthy, beautiful daughters that have brought more joy to my life than I ever have thought possible.  And I have my health . . . good health, great health even.

When one really takes stock of their life, it is easy to see the hand of God and not only say, “Half Full,” but “Overflowing.”  Yes there are the temptations to buy in to the worries that everything else seems to throw at you.  How will I pay for their college?  Is that benign or malignant?  Am I going to make quota this quarter?  Am I pregnant?  And these can weigh us down like an anchor from a battleship.  And while these are weighty things in life, all one has to do is look in the rear view mirror and see the road of life littered with blessing after blessing after blessing.  For me it is 16 years of a great marriage, 16 years of full-time ministry getting to work with the most remarkable kids in the world, getting to travel to four of the seven continents and experience some amazing cultures,  being part of amazing faith communities, having faithful and caring friends.  That kind of perspective allows one to live those words of Jesus when he says, “Let not your heart be troubled, Trust in God, trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

That is half-full living.