May Your Cup Overflow

The age old question: Is your cup half-full or half-empty? Your answer is supposed to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. While it may be an entertaining argument, the real question is why is your cup half full?

Psalm 23:5 says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” God wants our cup to not be half full or empty. He doesn’t want it just to be full. He wants it to run over into your saucer. Why is that?

First, God wants to give us the abundant life. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Abundance, like overflow, means to have plenty or more than enough. It means we have extra to spare. That is the kind of life that God wants for His children.

Second, it is from this overflow that we are able to share the extra with those around us. We don’t minister to others through a scarcity; we give through an abundance that flows from God. We were created for a relationship with God and with others. God gives us grace, mercy, joy, love, and hope, and He wants us to share the overflow with those around us.

So, what do you do when you feel like your cup is only to the halfway point?

You go to the source and fill her up. We all have times in our lives where we feel like Empty Cuphalfway would be awesome since we are currently running on empty. We can fill our cup up in a number of ways. Prayer is a great start. Prayer has the double benefit of helping us empty ourselves of negative things like worry and refilling us with joy and peace. Then, there is music, whether it is singing or just listening. Music can lift us up and remind us of the good things in life. Reading and studying the Bible can remind us of God’s promises and strengthen us spiritually. Talking with supportive friends can boost our spirits as well as they give from their overflow. Finally, do something that makes you happy. I like to knit because it is calming and creative.


Overflowing CupThe important thing is to discover your way to the Source (God) and fill up your cup. Don’t go halfway! Fill it until it flows over into your saucer so that you have enough to share. That is when the abundant life is alive and well in our lives. So, lift your cups and take a sip because God refills for free.

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