The Optimistic Pessimist

“Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for pessimism (half empty) or optimism (half full), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.” – Wikipedia

The old saying has always been, “is the cup half empty or half full” and this alludes to saying you are either an optimist or a pessimist. They said that this cup was depending on how you saw this symbolic cup of life. Half empty or half full. Pessimistic or optimistic. It was all how you looked at this cup. I will be honest and say that I have always been a pessimist when it comes to life. I would even call myself a realist, but really, let’s get real for a second.

I say the cup was an illusion all along. This cup of hope (positive) or doubt (negativity) was how YOU saw this cup based off of your own opinion and how you see things in life. This cup is based on your world view. This cup of hope or cynical (doubt) was never put there to make you think for yourself but to make you think you think for yourself. It was a suggestion. So I suggest that this whole time, this symbolic cup had a slight crack in it running horizontally right through the middle of it. So small that you couldn’t see it, but big enough that it wouldn’t hold the water that was above the line. You fill the cup up to give you just enough of that hope, to only have it then drain enough of that hope out to bring it just below that crack, to bring in that doubt. It would never become full or empty. Ever. It gave you enough hope in something but still allowed you to be jaded, cynical and then doubt just about everything.

This is your life if you carry a world view and not a Biblical world view. Your cup is never full enough for that hope you long for and your cup is never emptied enough to make you fully doubtful. Even when I am doubtful that things are going to get better, I still have that half glass of hope just below that crack that says, “nope not today, your hope has to be monitored, you still need to doubt”.

Well this is all part of the illusion of life. This is why it is important that we have a Biblical based world view, because if we don’t, we will be disappointed in life. There is only one cup that matters and that is the cup that Jesus took for all of us. It had no crack in it but only the cracks of our sinful lives and a fallen creation. It was a cup that runneth over with our sin and Jesus took that symbolic cup, put it on His shoulders and took it to that tree. He died willingly for us because of that cup and this is where we find our hope. It doesn’t come from a silly analogy of a cup of optimism or pessimism. Our hope comes from Jesus and that’s who we look to. And our doubt comes from the lack of faith of believing that Jesus can do all things. When I am weak then He is strong. Remember that? The world wants you to be hashtag strong and doubt the God and Saviour who bought you for a price.

I don’t want the illusions of what this world offers. I don’t want analogies of cups that are half full or half empty that make me choose between hope or doubt. I want to accept that the cup Jesus drank for us in Gethsename is the end all for us, and that we don’t need any other cup at this point. The earth dwellers have their own cup that they will drink from and I want no part of that wrath. Jesus saved me from that eternal wrath in outer darkness that is away from the presence of God the Father. I don’t want to have to choose between hope and doubt. My hope is in Jesus.

Luke 22:41-42
And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if You will, remove this cup from Me—nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Matthew 14:31
And immediately, Jesus reaching out His hand, laid hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” View more

Matthew 21:21
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you should say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.

Rev 14:10
then he shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb. View more

Rev 16:19
Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the rage of His wrath. View more

Rev 17:4
And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, gilded with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup being filled with abominations and the filthiness of the fornication of the earth. View more

Rev 18:6
Give back to her as also she gave back to you, and pay back double as also she did, and according to her works. In her cup which she mixed, mix for her a double portion.

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