I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. John 15:5
The idea of the glass being half empty or half full is a common proverbial phrase that is used to illustrate that a situation can be generally positive or negative. It can also be interpreted as a state of mind, or perception of one’s worldview. Either way, it’s an assessment of a moment in time.
Life’s journey is really about the source of it all. I recall the Jackson Browne song “Running on Empty” which describes a (hopefully) transitional season of life. He uses the metaphor of a gas tank to describe his place in life. In fact, we are constantly refilling and recharging. Be it gasoline, cell phone or laptop batteries, or grabbing a snack or meal, we need to replenish our source of energy.
The thing is, these sources are temporary and must be constantly replenished. Today, Jesus reminds us that we are connected, and when we are connected not only are we nourished but we “bear much fruit.” Connected and nourished, two essentials for the long run and for everyday stewards. No longer are we half empty OR half full!