Posts Tagged ‘attitude’

Story of the day: It’s all in our attitude

There’s a story about a man and his wife who were on a long trip stopped at a full-service gas station. After the station attendant had washed their car’s windshield, the man in the car said to the station attendant, “It’s still dirty. Wash it again.”

So the station attendant complied. After washing it again, the man in the car angrily said, “It’s still dirty. Don’t you know how to wash a windshield?”

Just then the man’s wife reached over, removed her husband’s glasses from his face, and cleaned them with a tissue. Then he put them back on and behold–the windshield was clean!

Our attitude has a great deal to do with how we look at things. The whole world can seem pretty bleak if we have a negative attitude. Yet how bright the world can appear if we have a joyful attitude of hope. [Green, M. 2005. The Expositor’s Illustration File and Index. Baker Books Publishing.]

Quote of the day: Chuck Swindoll

“I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I humble myself before You and pray that my attitude reflects the joy that You have placed within my life. I know that everyday will bring its challenges, and as they come, I pray to make the right choices in how to handle things, and that the things that I do bring You honor, glory, and praise. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Play on the one string we have

     Chuck Swindoll writes:  “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than 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.  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.  The only thing we do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude….I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how to react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitudes.”

Quote of the day:  William J. Bennett

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 4:23

“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My attitude sets up the outcome of circumstances in my life.  Father,  I pray to have a good attitude towards things or people that I come across.  Soften my heart that I may treat others the way that You treat me.  Father, I know that I have the choice to either have a good attitude or a bad one, and I ask for wisdom in choosing the one that is good.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                                     Story of the day:  Keep things humorous

   Chuck Swindoll wrote an interesting piece in his book titled Finishing Touch.  He touches on an important topic that I just love.  He asks in this book, “How is your sense of humor?  Are the times in which we live beginning to be reflected in your attitude, your face, your outlook?  Solomon talks straight, friend.  He (under the Holy Spirit’s direction) says three things will occur when we have lost our sense of humor:  a broken spirit, a lack of inner healing, and dried-up-bones (Prov. 15:13, 15; 17:22).  What a barren portrait!

   Have you begun to shrivel into a bitter, impatient, critical Christian?  The Lord tells us that the solution is simple:  “A joyful heart” is what we need…and if we ever needed it, it is now.

   By a sense of humor I am not referring to distasteful or vulgar jesting, nor to foolish and silly talk that is ill-timed, offensive, and tactless.  I mean that necessary ingredient of wit:  those humorous, enjoyable, and delightful expressions or thoughts that lift our spirits and lighten our day.  When we lose our ability to laugh–I mean really laugh–life’s oppressive assaults confine us to the dark dungeon of defeat. 

    Humor is not a sin.  It is a God-given escape hatch, a safety valve.  Being able to see the lighter side of life is rare, vital virtue.  Personally, I think a healthy sense of humor is determined by at least four abilities:

   The ability to laugh at our own mistakes.  The ability to accept justified criticism–and get over it!  The ability to interject (or at least enjoy) wholesome humor when surrounded by a tense heated situation.  The ability to control those statements that would be unfit–even though they may be funny.

   James M. Gray and William Houghton were two great, godly men of the Word.  Dr.  Houghton writes of an occasion when he and Dr. Gray were praying together.  Dr. Grey, though getting up in years, was still interested in being an effective witness and expositor.  He concluded his prayer by saying:  “And, Lord, keep me cheerful.  Keep me from becoming a cranky, old man!”

   You and I should pray the same prayer.”

Quote of the day:  Fred Allen

“It is bad to suppress your laughter because when you do, it goes back down and spreads to your hips.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 15:13

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You continue to teach me how to laugh!!  I want to enjoy life in every way possible and do so in a way that honors You.  Father, joy and laughter is something that is dear to my heart and at times, I may tend to lose sight of that funny side of me.  Father, I don’t want to be cranky the older I get.  Instead, I want to embrace all the moments of life that have made me smile and laugh and share them with others.  I pray for wisdom in knowing when to be funny and when not to be.  I don’t want the portrait of my life to be portrayed as a life that was a broken spirit to all that I came across.   Instead may I be remembered as one that always laughed and enjoyed the life that You have blessed me with!  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

Story of the day:  Our Attitude is Contagious

     I love to laugh,  and although I may not feel like always laughing or smiling, my attitude is very contagious so I must be aware of it.  My family can tell right away if I have a good attitude or bad attitude just based on my facial expressions.  “If you’re upbeat and optimistic, people tend to emulate you.  But, if you fall prey to cynicism or pessimism, others will also.

    How will you direct your thoughts today?  Will you obey the words of Philippians 4:8, by dwelling upon those things that are true, honorable, and right?  Or will you allow your thoughts to be hijacked by the negativity that seems to dominate our troubled world?  Have you become so overwhelmed and preoccupied with the concerns of this day that you fail to thank God for the promise of eternity?  Are you fearful, angry, bored, worried, confused, bitter, or pessimistic?  If so, God wants to have a little talk with you.

    God intends that you experience joy and abundance, but He will not force His joy upon you; you must claim it for yourself.  So today and everday hereafter, focus your thoughts and your energies upon ‘whatever is commendable’“(Family Christian Press), and remember that your attitude is contagious.

Quote of the day:  Barbara Johnson

 “Developing a positive attitude means working continually to find what is uplifting and encouraging.”

Bible verse of the day:  Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise-worthy- meditate on these things.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I first of all want to apologize for anytime that I have allowed my attitude to effect others in a negative way.  God as much as I always want to be happy, sometimes it doesn’t always happen.  I pray that during these times, I am able to recognize this and can push through the way that I am feeling and remember that my attitude, whether bad or good, is very contagious and can have a lasting effect on others.  God, prepare my heart for the times that I am fearful, angry, or upset so that I can pray to You about them and they can be lifted.  I give all that I am and have to You and while dwelling on things that are true, Your peace will be with me, which in turn changes my negative attitude to a positive attitude and effects others in a positive way.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen