Avoiding A "Half Full" Faith - Philippians 4:4-8

Avoiding A "Half Full" Faith - Philippians 4:4-8
Optimistic people live fuller, richer lives...

Do you think the glass is half empty or half full? I admit I’m often pessimistic, not a godly quality. And according to some studies, it’s also not a healthy quality.

"Since 1986, University of Kentucky scientist David Snowdon has been studying 678 School Sisters [nuns]--painstakingly researching their personal and medical histories, testing them for cognitive function and even dissecting their brains after death.”*

One finding of Snowdon’s “Nun Study” is this: nuns who express positive emotions are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who express negative emotions.

Pessimism isn’t healthy for our minds. Joy is!

In Philippians 4, Paul also makes this point:

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (4:4)
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation…with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” (4:6)
  • “whatever is true…noble…right…pure…lovely…admirable …think about such things” (4:8) 
Life involves difficulties and suffering (John 16:33). Optimism comes from inner joy. And that inner joy is good for our minds!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
* Time Magazine, the Nun Study, May 14, 2001
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Avoiding A "Half Full" Faith - Philippians 4:4-8


  1. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Yep, good post. JOY is like medicine... actually, it is much better than medicine :)


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