Some say the glass is half empty. Some say the glass is half full.
But honestly, neither approach seems sufficient for right now. Maybe we need a different approach: the glass is overflowing. A commitment to live in the overflow.
The Bible describes living in the overflow in two simple lines:
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap.
I think we all understand that living generously creates a kind of karma—whether it’s being generous with money, time, energy, patience, forgiveness or personal attention. The more we give of ourselves, the more we get back.
Picking up on that thought, John Wesley described living in the overflow like this:
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
At all the times you can,
As long as ever you can.
And singer James Taylor reminds us that “doing good” begins at home:
Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel,
You know that things are going to work out better if you only will.
Living in troubled times can sometimes make us feel that we’re running on empty.
But the resources we most need—compassion, joy, courage, wisdom and aliveness—are bottomless, inexhaustible, always there to be tapped into and drunk deep from.
When we can’t do anything else, we can choose to live in the overflow. In fact, that might be one thing we can do that finally matters. We can adopt the motto of the overflowing life:
“The more trouble life brings, the more life I bring to the trouble.”