Reflections of a Believer
Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from bad days. The truth is, even as a Christian, you can have a negative attitude. You can be bitter, angry, cynical, and even depressed.
The last few days, I have been in a mood. I have been upset and withdrawn. In fact, I did little of anything for two days. Part of that was due primarily to self-induced exhaustion, but the other part was due to a bad attitude, an attitude I could have modified at any moment if I would have chosen to.
See, for two days, I sulked around being aggravated about a situation that was now out of my control. In essence, I wasted two days being pouty. Two days that I will never have back.
Then this morning, I woke up praying. Literally, when I woke up, I was in the middle of a prayer. That is when it hit me, so what, things did not work out the way I wanted. In the grand scheme of things, life is good; my family is healthy, my bills are paid, and I have God on my side. Why would I let this one minor inconvenience ruin my next two weeks?
So, I decided not to kick a dead horse, as my grandpa used to say. See, whatever we focus on is what we will become. If I focus on my anger and aggravation, I will become bitter and aggravated, which wasn’t to far from where I was headed.
The verse of the day today said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45 NIV
As a side note, isn’t it amazing how God works all things for your good? As I read through the verse, I thought about my revelation this morning. Instead of storing up good in my heart for the last couple of days, I was storing up aggregation and division. I realized I was the only one who could change my attitude.
As I sit here, I am determined to make the most of my time off. I have decided to use this time as a springboard for my next career. After all, this time, as with each moment we spend here on earth, is a gift I can use or squander.
So, as I go, I want to leave you with a verse that was part of my daily devotional recently with Pastor John B Lowe ll, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
What do you choose?
We plead the blood of Jesus over our lives and ask that when we are walking down the wrong path, You give us revelations that help us realize the error of our ways. We pray for Your Will to be done in our lives. And father, we lift your bride Israel up to you right now. We pray you bring her peace and protection. Amen.
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