Monday, 5 March 2012

Is your glass half full or half empty?



I love sayings. A friend of mine said to me the other day “I want the moon for the price of a bag of peanuts”. I love it!  Don’t we all want that?  Recently I’ve been convicted to look at what I say and commit to memory. Do we really believe all that we say?

I’ve said it myself, “Murphy’s Law eh?”  I’m sure there not many of us who haven’t heard of Murphy’s Law. “Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". Have a think about that…what kind of glass half empty personality made that up – Murphy perhaps! I think when a number of things go wrong, you’d probably be surprised at how many have gone right, even though the wrong is right there staring you in the face.  It’s funny how we think it’s okay to state that anything that can go wrong will, as if people need to hear that when they are faced with troubles… how empathetic.  I’m shamed. Someone is struggling with things going wrong and I might as well tell them that there’s more to come!

“Things have a way of working themselves out.” I’ve said that too. Do I believe it, really?  We only need to stop for a moment and think about it to realise that things are lifeless objects. They couldn’t work out a simple problem, let alone a dilemma involving people.  I love the way Beth Moore put it, “Things don’t just work out.  God works them out.  Blessed is the one who knows it.”  What a reminder that just knowing God’s interested and involved with us means we are blessed.
As easy and fun it is at times to spout off sayings, (remember I love them) are they true?  When I can actually remember some sayings to recite, I have to make sure the truth is spoken. Proverbs 13:3 “he who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”  In raising my children, I like to instil appropriate Bible verses that will surface again when appropriate, say when World War 3 was taking place; “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” Colossians 3:20 or “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity, Psalm 133:1” Want to know something funny. I couldn’t remember the beginning of that last verse, so I asked my eldest son, whose home sick today…off he went, quoting it perfectly!!  It’s in there, some may call it brainwashing, I don’t. I call it  foundation building.  Scripture memory is a spiritual foundation. If my children ever fall away from the faith, they have Words of God in their brain, ingrained forever!  God’s Truth.  John 8: 32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NIV).  God’s Word is worth remembering.

You want trustworthy sayings?   2 Tim 2: 11 starts with “Here is a trustworthy saying”.  The bible is full of great saying we can memorise, I think you will find them more useful than “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”.  Personally one way would be too many! Memorise God’s word… I can hear you groaning … I can!  Scripture memory isn’t one of my best childhood memories either.   I can now draw on those verses when I need to, and they give me understanding and perspective. I have been challenged, so I want to share that challenge with you. Be aware of what you say, what you endeavour to remember and if you find a verse that touches your heart or challenges you then memorise it. And now … well, they say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. – The balls in your court. What fun!