A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with a song. – Proverbs 15:15 MSG
Of course you’ve heard the saying, ‘Life is what you make it.’ And although that statement may seem very trite, it’s also very true. You can choose a life filled to the brim with frustration and fear, or you can choose a life of abundance and peace. That choice is up to you and only you and it depends, to a surprising extent, upon your attitude.
What’s your attitude today? Are you fearful, angry, bored, or worried? Are you pessimistic, perplexed, pained, and perturbed? Are you moping around with a frown on your face that’s almost as big as the one in your heart? If so, God wants to have a little talk with you.
God created you in His own image, and He wants you to experience joy, contentment, peace, and abundance. But, God will not force you to experience these things; you must claim them for yourself.
God has given you free will, including the ability to influence the direction and the tone of your thoughts. And, here’s how God wants you to direct those thoughts:
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8 HCSB).
The quality of your attitude will help determine the quality of your life. So, the next time you find yourself dwelling upon the negative aspects of your life, refocus your attention on things positive. The next time you find yourself falling prey to the blight of pessimism, stop yourself and turn your thoughts around. The next time you’re tempted to waste valuable time gossiping or complaining, resist those temptations with all your might. And remember this, you’ll never whine your way to the top . . . so don’t waste your breath.
Today, create a positive attitude by focusing on opportunities, not roadblocks. Of course you may have experienced disappointments in the past, and you will undoubtedly experience some setbacks in the future. But don’t invest large amounts of energy focusing on past misfortunes. Instead, look to the future with optimism and hope.
– Steve Arterburn
The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality, and of hope. Where others have resigned, it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself, and not abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Father, create in me a grateful heart and a positive attitude by focusing on opportunities, not roadblocks. As I consider my disappointments, help me to see them as your appointments. I thank you that all things work together for good to those who love you and are called according to your will. Amen.