Half-full or Half-empty

2020 started with high hopes and beautiful dreams, we all couldn’t wait to achieve our Vision2020.

Then Covid came, and it crushed the beautiful plans and projections of many folks. Widespread protest shootings and lootings disrupted many dreams; not forgetting the total lockdown and how it locked down many businesses.

This year has been different strokes for different folks but, no matter what life has thrown at you, there is a reason to be grateful for life.

Stop swimming in sorrow when happiness is free; pay attention to the blessings within you, the beauty around you and the brighter days ahead of you.

Give thanks for the good days, when smiles and sweetness flood your soul.
When great testimonies and songs of praises fill your mouth.

Give thanks for the hard days, when troubles and trials tear your heart apart. When it’s hard to wake up and you feel like giving up the fight.

Give thanks for friends and family, for fathers, mothers, sons and daughters,  everyone that reminds you that love is all that matters.

Give thanks for foes and frienemies, those who hate and hurt you for known and unknown reasons; because the stones they throw at you are your stepping stones to greater heights.

Give thanks for daily benefits, for weekly bonuses and monthly incomes. Be grateful for the businesses and career that put food on your table.

Give thanks for the heartbreaking emails and the painful loses. Be grateful for the pay cut and unpaid debts; knowing that every closed door is a redirection to bigger and better possibilities.

Give thanks for the raindrops falling from the skies, and for the teardrops falling from your eyes. Knowing that your secret storms and the fiery furnace of life are blessings in disguise.

Give thanks for every weakness and brokenness that makes you run to God for help, and for every fear and frustration that makes you fall on your knees to pray.

Give thanks, for God, is your strength and your salvation, the One who gives you rest and restoration, Be grateful for His redemption and revelation, and how He delivered your soul from destruction.

Give thanks, that despite the pandemic and the pain ravaging our world, God has been your sanitizer. His blood is the greatest vaccine that killed every virus on the cross of Calvary.

Give thanks for everything that came against you to steal your joy and peace, for they remind you that God is the prince of peace.

Give thanks for the valley of the shadow of death, and for the tunnels that remind you that God is with you, as a mighty and merciful One who will never leave nor forsake you.

Give thanks, for all things bright and beautiful, and for everything that made you sad and sorrowful, knowing fully well,  that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose.

Give thanks, because you still have greater victories to win, bigger territories to take, better stories to write and more mountains to conquer. I know the journey is tough and you are thirsty, but whether your cup is half-full or half-empty, be grateful that you cup that’s not empty. Drink what you have and be joyful.

Give thanks to the Lord, always, and again I say, give thanks.
Thank you.

Hey friends, I believe that you’ve been inspired to be grateful. Share three things you are grateful for in the comment section. Thank you for reading.

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19 thoughts on “Half-full or Half-empty”

  1. Half-full Half-empty, literally and figuratively mapped out an aspect of every single person’s journey this year. I was at first weary to accept the title because some cups are literally empty, they are almost dried up. And there is nobody at hand to fill it up. They have cried all their tears and living in a state of mind fog. It’s really been a tough and an extremely rough year, one cannot acknowledge it enough, especially when looking at the faces of people. Crooked backs and the lines on their faces are telling. Yes, the lines speak of all the details you so poignantly addressed and how this year has affected our lives. And then you remind us that God is in the details, even when broke, death, unemployment and homelessness confronted us in all the pains and sorrows, He hasn’t forsaken us, His eye is on the sparrow, He watches over us. As with Job in the Bible, God is in the details. Half-full, half-empty, He fills our cups daily. Thank you for the good tidings, as our lives are drained, as constant as the flow of the tides our feet are washed, soothed and healed again. God is good, yes He cares for us. He loves us, we are His creation. And when we all gather round and see each other, if God is in our midst, the same goodness, love, mercy and favour will flow between us.
    I pray you had a wonderful Christmas Adeleke.
    I pray for continued favour and blessings to flow into your life MOG, that you in return may continue to be a blessing unto others.
    Compliments of the Season.

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  2. Wonderful post your words certainly make my day.

    1. I am grateful to Our Heavenly Father everyday He and only He protects me from the virus or diseases. He provides everything I require.

    2. I am grateful to my cats they help to heal and keep me alive.

    3. I am grateful to my friends who lift me up daily they are a true blessing.

    Blessings to you and your family this festive season.

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  3. Thank you for this reminder.

    I am grateful for the ‘losses’ I encountered in 2020, for indeed, they just pointed me to greater paths, even though it didn’t seem like it at that moment.

    I am grateful for family and the real authentic friendships in my life.

    I am most grateful to God for holding it all together and keeping me strong. I can testify, that He is a faithful God!

    Happy holidays to you Adeleke 😊

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  4. This is such a hard concept to explain to my husband. He always calls me a hippie if I try to encourage him to keep a gratitude journal or at least think of three things that went well in any given day. I struggle with it myself and wish he was on board. I’m starting to see it come out in my kids a little bit they also have struggled during covid to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks so much for all these great reminders!

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    1. Hi Patty, thank you for sharing your experience.

      I believe that with time, your husband will understand and join the ‘gratitude gang’.

      Why not try this; write the things you are grateful for on sticky notes and stick them in conspicuous places in your home.
      You can even write gratitude notes and put them in his pockets.

      For example, you can write notes like, “I am grateful that I am alive and well”, ” I am grateful for my beautiful wife & wonderful children”. I am grateful that I have a blissful home and a bed to sleep on”…
      The best way to get the best that life has to offer is to tap into joy through gratitude.

      Read my latest blog post and download my new book, and share it with your husband. I hope this helps too.

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  5. I am grateful for my job. During this year 2020, I remembered being so ungrateful and all complaining about my job due to all the challenges that surfaced. I almost quitted. I prayed, cried, worried, was repeatedly discouraged, weak, overwhelmed, afraid but I encouraged myself and kept praying. The turbulence ceased. Yet, in the midst of the many challenges. It is this very year 2020 (my third year on the job) that I have achieved so much on the job. Won competitions with tangible prizes e.g brand new HP laptop, etc; which, probably i wouldn’t have been able to afford as at the time they came or not this year at all. I am grateful to God for sustaining my job, favouring me and helping through it all. GOD IS FAITHFUL!

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    1. Congratulations Hannah. It’s great to know that you stood strong through it all and God came through for you.

      Thank you for sharing your praise report. I believe that 2021 will be better, sweeter, bigger, greater and brighter for you in every area of your life.

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