Another Word…by Gus Keiser

March 6, 2017

Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.

                                                                                                                                    Luke 6:25

This world is filled with all sorts of characters…different people with different views, temperaments, attitudes, and personalities. Some of these folks can be easy-going, flexible, and upbeat, while others can be cantankerous, argumentative, and uncooperative.  Okay, time out here for a minute as I digress.  What a fun word…”Cantankerous”…don’t you think?  It’s not a word I find myself using very often, but it’s a word full of letters that basically just mean crabby and cranky.  Cantankerous. CANTANKEROUS!! Anyway, I’m a lover of words, and my appreciation to you for allowing me this brief moment of digression.

Who are the people you hang out with? I’m sure that most of try to hang out with those who display a positive and upbeat attitude.  Given the chance, most of us would choose to surround ourselves with people who inspire us, motivate us and encourage us.  Given the chance, we’d pick friends who view the glass of life as half-full rather than half-empty.  Few if any of us would purposely seek out someone grumpy or cantankerous, would we?

My apologies if I’d shared the following story with you before, but I want to use it again to illustrate a point.

There was this family with twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was in their physical appearance. Otherwise, if one felt it was too hot, the other felt it was too cold.  If one complained that the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up.

 These two were opposites in every way. One was the eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.  So, just to see what would happen, on their birthday; their dad loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game.  The optimist’s room he loaded with horse manure.

 Later that night, the father passed by the pessimist’s room and found him sitting in the midst of all the toys, crying bitterly.

 “Why are you crying?” the father asked.

 “Because my friends will be jealous, and I’ll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff. I’m going constantly need batteries, and some of these toys are going to get broken.”

 He then walked past the optimist’s room and found the boy dancing for joy in the manure pile.

 “What are you so happy about?” he asked.

 “I know there’s got to be a pony in this pile somewhere!”

Smiling much, are you? What a perfect example of half-full verses half-empty!

Now let me do two things, One is to ask you a question: What if you woke up this morning and ONLY had the things and people in your life that you thanked God for yesterday…the traffic light that finally turned green, a winning scratch-off ticket, or the promotion you waited so long for? Who would you share your joy with?

Now the other thing I want to share…a poem…FULL OR EMPTY?

How full or empty would our world be, if we only had the things we thanked God for on bended knee?

Would we have a home, some food, or money? How about a job, some clothes, or our Honey?

Could we see with our eyes and speak with our lips? Could we walk with our legs and dance with our hips?

Would our children be there to tuck in at night? Would the sun wake us up with new morning light?

How full or empty would our world be, if we had only the things we thanked God for on bended knee?

Would we have friends and family to call on the phone? How about some ice cream on a cone?

Could we turn on the A/C or heater at whim? Could we hit the gym or sing a hymn?

Would our parents be there to spend some time? Would we find that lucky penny, dollar, or dime?

Would there be hugs, kisses, and love? What about chances to thank God above?

Would there be stars in the sky for wishes? How about mouths to feed and all those dishes?

I ask again, so you can reflect and think. Ponder on this the next time you blink.

How full or empty would your world be, If you had only the things you thanked God for on bended knee?

Full or empty? We choose.  Half-full or half empty? We still choose.

Let’s choose to look for the pony! I’m in! Are you?

 Lord, if you truly are with us at all times, how can we be anything but half-full optimists? Amen.




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