Is your cup half full or half empty? Are you upbeat or gloomy?
Complaining, whining, and dour people drive me crazy. (I know it’s a short drive.) These gloomy…cup half empty folk never see the blessings in their life. What’s sad is many are Christians who profess Jesus as Lord and Savior. They have received his salvation, his love, and provision, yet they still don’t see how blessed they are.
On the flip side, upbeat…the half full (and more) individuals light up the room with the love of Jesus and bring a smile to everyone 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 too have been overwhelmed with questions at times. (Sometimes I believe Satan is messing with me, other times I just get anxious.) But Bob, my husband, is a full cup kind of guy and always lifts me up. That’s why it’s so important to have this kind of person in your life. Upbeat Believers know God is with us and He will never leave or forsake us. They know we can trust Him to care for us. They understand we will be overwhelmed with worry or general concerns at times, but simply continue to do what they can do and leave the rest to God. Sometimes, we just need a gentle reminder and our cup will fill again.
Worry is not trusting that God can or will take care of things. It is looking to self, seeing our inadequacies and not turning to the one who can help. Don’t get me wrong, we still need to do our part. Just don’t worry about it. Slow and steady preparation is the key.
I challenge you to be a half, three-quarters, or full cup individual. Don’t look at the challenges ahead with dread. Rather, now is the time to share our faith in God and His great love with unbelievers. Use the time we have left to band together with like-minded people and plan together for the future. Encouraging one another and sharing information should top the list. Last, but not least, pray God will give us discernment to know whom to align with, resources to prepare, and wisdom as we follow Him to the end.