Less is more?

My friend, may I ask you a question? For you is adversity either hopeless or hopeful? It all depends on which side you’re willing to see. Is the glass half full or half empty? As much as we consider this a bit trite, isn’t it extremely important to know?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I remember reading about two, shoe, salesman who were sent to Nigeria to survey the country for the possibility of building a shoe factory. The first man came back and said, “Few people here wear shoes so there is little need to build a new shoe factory in Nigeria. The second, however, reported, “This is the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had. Everybody I saw needs a good pair of shoes.” Both salesman saw the same thing; but one interpreted what he saw through the eyes of hopelessness and the other through the eyes of hope. One saw less and the other saw more.

For a Christian, adversity is either hopeless or hopeful. It all depends on which side you’re willing to see. Is the glass half full or half empty? As much as we consider this a bit trite, it’s extremely important to know. Which way you evaluate adversity impacts the disposition you will live with throughout life.

Here’s a story: One evening, a mom and daughter of meager existence took all of their dirty clothes to a laundromat. They stripped the beds, the towels were taken down, and their supply of clean clothes was exhausted. Everything went in a triple-load washer at the local laundromat. Suddenly the washing machine stopped. The attendant called the manager. When he arrived, he told the pair that they would have to come back in the morning. They were sent home with no sheets to sleep on, no towels to dry on, and no clean clothes to put on! The mother was steamed. But then her little girl exclaimed, “Oh, Mom. This is a real adventure! Isn’t this fun!” As she giggled with spontaneous glee, the mother saw she really meant it and allowed herself a small chuckle. There wasn’t anything else to do. A scowl wouldn’t clean those clothes but, she thought, a smile would go a long way in cleaning up her disposition. (Author unknown.)

One saw less and the other saw more. Isn’t that the story of most things in this life? Pretty much anything that happens to us can be seen as less or more. We can look adversity in the face and wonder about its hidden blessings. Or, we can let it stare us down, allowing it to stomp those blessings into the ground. The Bible tells us that we are “blessed” even when we are persecuted, insulted and “all kinds of evil” is done against us. We ought to “rejoice and be glad” (Matthew 5:11). For those who see the “more” and not the “less” in hard times, God promises a heavenly reward. Eternal happiness? I guess this is proof positive that a Christian’s life is all about “more” and never about “less.”

We pray. Heavenly Father, you give strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might you increase power. Though others grow weary and tired, and the vigorous stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (adapted —Isaiah 40:28-31 NASB) In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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