“Give thanks in all circumstances … hold fast to what is good.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18-21
Howard Hendricks tells a story of a flight from Boston to Dallas in the summer of 1987 which departed six hours late. Tired Friday-afternoon businessmen were steamed about the problem. The man across the aisle growled at the flight attendant every time she walked by. Since approaching him seemed a hopeless idea, Hendricks walked back to the galley to commend the flight attendant on self-control and the way she handled the situation. He asked her name, suggesting he wanted to write American Airlines and express appreciation. She responded, “I don’t work for American Airlines; I work for Jesus Christ.”
Will Rogers, America’s homespun philosopher, once said, “Life is 10 percent of what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.”
“Crazy” Bob Martin, was the first Southern Methodist circuit rider in Colusa County, California, he braved initial dislike and cultural distrust to share his message of Christian love with local, non-Methodist ranchers. Bob Martin would sing, pray, and shout. Hecklers ridiculed Martin’s groans of joy and his easy tears. Once, as a joke, Martin was directed into a ten foot deep channel of water instead of safely across the bridge. Dressed in black broadcloth “slick and shining,” wearing a battered stovepipe hat and mounted on a small mule, Martin stayed submerged so long he was feared dead, but he finally floated to the surface, “praising the Lord and praying for the fellow who sent him into the water.”
Pioneer H. C. Bailey wrote of the community’s exasperation with Martin’s religion but admitted that, “strange to say, the more we saw him, the better we liked him.” Before long, the community was so impressed with his zeal and harmlessness that they began to take an interest in him looking forward to his monthly rounds.
Martin took the jokes and sly fun kindly, even answering gross insults with the promise “I will pray for you; you can’t prevent that.”
Attitude can make a big difference in your day. Life is built one day at a time and good attitudes daily lead to a life full of happiness. Our perceptions of reality often affect our lives more than actual reality does. It is not what happens to you but what you do with what happens to you that makes the big difference in your life.
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER and Affirmation:
“I believe in God and therefore I believe in my life, unfolding in God’s orderly fashion. Following God, I maintain a great attitude!”
To pray in such a positive affirming way helps us to know that whatever challenge we are presently working through is not permanent. It will pass. Only the good that the experience contained for us will remain with us. Everyone has challenging situations to meet, but every such challenge always contains in it opportunities for good.
You do not have to know the outcome of every situation in your life. All you need to do is keep your attitude up because God is with you. Hold the thought that God is with you at work in all that concerns you, and pray to have the eyes to perceive the good that is even now unfolding.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: “If anything is worth trying at all, it’s worth trying at least 10 times.” Art Linkletter
(I met Art Linkletter once sitting next to him on a long flight to L.A. He was a hugely successful television pioneer, and he was a man of great attitude. His funniest stories were of his failures, and his restarts, leading to his great success.)
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