In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Mind over matter.
Hang in there!
We've heard them before. Mottos meant to uplift us and change a negative or destructive attitude. They help…sometimes.
My attitude has a big impact on my immediate surrounding, my wife, my kids, my coworkers, people in other cars, animals, laptops, etc. It would make sense to keep a good attitude all day. Right? I'll feel better, be nicer, more patient, kinder, gentler and so on, with a good attitude.
So why is it a struggle to keep a good, Godly attitude? I mean, the apostle Paul told us the truth in his letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who give me strength” Philippians 4:13. So there it is, no reason to worry. But wait, I’m still struggling with my attitude. Why?
Because I’m a sinful cuss.
I have embedded sin deep in my mind, body and soul. Not because I thought it would make me a better, more awesome person, but because I am weak and stubborn. The older I get, the more I understand this truth. The same apostle (Paul) also wrote this encouraging text, “Everyone sins…” (Romans 3:23) and this, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). He even quoted Psalm 14 when he wrote, “No one is righteous, no, not one…(Romans 3:10)
Well, there you go, I guess we should all just give up on trying.
Nope, that isn’t it. Don’t stop trying. Don’t give in to the lie. God is not done here with us. Like rebellious teenagers we have fought with God. But, He has not given up on us. The Lord told His prophet Isaiah, …fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
He is still fighting for us and with us. My job, our job, is to keep trying to follow His lead and be righteous. We can be awesome by wrestling with our own attitudes and actions. It will mean we have work to do. Jesus gave us the heads up, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
There is work to be done on us as we work to make disciples around us. Fear will enter our minds and pollute our soul. We will feel weight of our expectations and responsibilities. But we can carry on. We can be awesome, if we are channeling the words, actions and love of the AWESOME Jehovah God. Don’t fix our eyes on our sins and our past. With a strong Bible reading life we’ll fix our on Jesus, He is the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Do what He and the New Testament writers did. Say things that they said. Make this our mantra and our attitudes will change. Out outlooks will change. We will change. All for the better.