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How is your Attitude?
Vince Lombardi once remarked: ďIt's not whether you get knocked down; the important thing is whether you get up." How true!
Your attitude is everything.
- The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. -
Attitude, to me, is more important than the facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do to you. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. If your guitar has one instead of six strings, God is looking to see if you would decide to make music with the one string you have. Thatís attitude! And thatís a good thing.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, oh friend: we are in charge of our own attitudes.
The familiar song rings out: ďI believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. See me walking through that open door. I think about it night and day: spread my wings and fly away.Ē
In the Book of Revelation 4:1 (NIV), John relates: There, before me, was an open door in Heaven. John, that beloved disciple, might have felt lonely in that inhospitable prison on the rocky island of Patmos.
Here, separated from family and fellow-worshippers, condemned to the society of convicts, in these barren wilds, John chose his attitude: He kept trusting his God; And as he thought of Godís watchfulness and faithfulness, he focused on Heaven and heard a loud voice. Then he saw an open door.
My mother used to say when God closes one door, He opens another.
I like to say when man closes one door, God opens a better one indeed.
Whatever situation you are facing, itís your attitude which will determine you altitude, how high you will ride upon the winds of lifeís adversity.
Moses, exiled from the Pharaohís court; living in the back parts of the Midian desert; saw the bush on fire. He went closer to enquire. When he saw that great conflagration, God then gave Moses a mighty revelation. Moses: ďI want you to set my people free. I have chosen you to lead them to their destiny."
Just like that; On one ordinary day, Moses heard Godís voice and saw an open door..
Today could be your day! Are you trusting God? Or are you worrying? Howís your attitude? What situation are you facing today?
Jacob, exiled from his fatherís house and uncertain of his future, laid himself down to sleep in the desert at nightfall.
I can only imagine: that first night must have been lonely and desolate: from the comforts of a warm bed and two caring parents, to this rocky wasteland and the open wilderness.
How he must have closed his eyes ever so tightly, as he laid down to sleep and wished for the morning to come. He did not lose sleep worrying about being homeless. He did not dream of attacking animals. As Jacob looked to God, God gave him a dream. He dreamt of angels leaving earth; ascending to Heaven and descending again, on a ladder leading to the door of an open heaven. My, what a dream he had! Escaping his brotherís revenge while being protected by the Angels of God. How cool is that?
Your attitude is everything; and God always blesses the right response Ė then and now, oh my friend. How is your attitude?
The door is still open for those who look toward heaven.
Demands of home life, marriage and parenting, the struggle for progress in the corporate world, and even the anxieties of ministry sometimes leave us feeling hemmed in and hopeless. We long for breakthroughs in our finances, in our relationships, and in our health.
If only we could just see that open door!
Through that open door. God reveals His purpose to us on a need to know basis. He shows us enough to make us realize that He is aware of our situation; that He has a plan to prosper us and not to harm us - Jeremiah 29:11.
Let us learn to live and walk in the Spirit. Let us make communication with God our priority. See Him through the open door. and worship Him.
Worry or worship; itís our choice. We decide our attitude. Worship with the specific objective of seeing Godís revelation of His working in your life.
Keep your eyes on Heavenís open door. God most often works indirectly and subtly rather than in the obvious ways that we expect him to.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem through the Roman Caesarís sweeping decree to all the inhabitants of the land. Through Caesar's greed, He unwittingly set the stage for a beautiful story of meekness and majesty. Joseph and Mary kept a right attitude, and provided an open door to mankind's redemption
Oh Friend, God is still mightily at work today in your life! Believe it! keep a right, joyful attitude, and you will see the glory of your God in your life today. God will show you that open door to freedom and victory. And your joy will know no bounds!
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