2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 Full and Overflowing (Edstrom)2017-03-22T04:46:24+00:00

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Full and Overflowing

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Full and Overflowing

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: A glass half full of water.

What do you see when you look at this glass of water? Some would say the glass is half full and others would say it is half empty. You may have heard adults talk about this idea. Which do you think is correct? Is the glass half full or half empty?

We can probably agree that both answers are correct. You can look at the glass and see it half full of water or you can look at the glass and declare that it is half empty.

This is where we have a choice. Do you think it is best to think about the glass half full or half empty?

The problem with seeing the glass as half empty is that it is a negative way of thinking.

People who see the glass as half empty may be people who look at situations and think the worst. Seeing the glass as half full is a way of trying to make the best of what is happening.

We all can find things that disturb us and cause us worry and that doesn’t feel good. It gets in the way of having fun and enjoying life, but remember that we all have a choice about the way we think.

In the Bible, the apostle, Paul talks to a group of new Christians. They are just learning how to live with God’s love. They are just like us.

Paul encourages the new Christians and tells them that God loves them. He says God comforts and gives hope that will last forever.

You can “comfort your heart” (2:16) and get rid of some of that worry by remembering that you are filled with God’s love. See your life as full and overflowing.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan