Is your cup half full or half empty? Are you upbeat or gloomy?
Complaining, whining, and Christians who feel sorry for themselves are not walking in the fullness of life Jesus promises us. These cup half empty folk never see the blessings in their life. They profess Jesus as Lord and Savior, have received his salvation, his love, and provision, yet they still don’t see how blessed they are. They are blinded by the circumstances surrounding them.
On the flip side, the half full (and more) individuals light up the room with the love of Jesus and bring smiles to those around them. These dear saints look for the bright side in everything and thank God even in the darkest of days. They lift us up with their positive attitude and give us hope. As Preppers, it is very important we associate with upbeat, inspiring, and encouraging people.
As we prepare for hard times, there will be many difficulties and obstacles ahead. Some of these are budgeting in order to afford the necessary items when our finances are already stretched to the max. Storing extra food, collecting the seeds, learning skills like canning and preserving or sewing. Our half empty brothers and sisters worry about all of this. They have questions like: Will we be ready when the day comes and things crash? Will we be able to protect our families from those who didn’t prepare and want to take what we have? Will we have enough to get us through the dark days?
I’ll admit I’ve been overwhelmed at times. (Sometimes I think Satan is setting obstacles in my path, other times life happens and I get anxious.) But my husband is a full cup kind of guy and usually lifts me up. It’s important to have this kind of person in your life. Upbeat Believers accept God is with us and will never leave or forsake us. They trust Him to care for us. They understand we will become overwhelmed at times, but simply continue to do what they can do and leave the rest to God. Sometimes, we just need a gentle reminder…Jesus is with us. He will provide. Trust in Him…and our cup will fill again.
Worry is a lack of trust that God can or will take care of things. It is looking to ourselves, seeing our inadequacies, and fretting over the situation instead of turning to Jesus who can help. We must do our part, slow and steady progress toward our goal is the key. Just don’t worry…leave the results to God. Though some days this is easier said than done.
I challenge you to be a half, three-quarters, or full cup individual. Don’t look at difficulties ahead with dread. See them as a opportunities to share your faith in God/Jesus and His great love for all people. Share your concerns and successes with those who will listen, band together with like-minded people, and plan together for the future. Encourage one another and share information. Last, but not least, pray God will give us each discernment to know whom to align ourselves with, resources to prepare, and wisdom as we follow Him to the end.
Walk with your head high and your heart open knowing Jesus is leading the way.