Posts Tagged ‘positive’

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:  Don’t be so quick to judge!

     Since we have moved to Dallas, the traffic has by far, become challenging.  People will swerve into your lane without looking back to see how close you are, knowing that if you hit them from behind, it’s your fault.  As my frustration on the road begins, I try to empathize with other drivers, but sometimes, how close people get to hitting me and my kids, gets me all worked up.  Could I be wrong?  Is there something that I am doing or not doing while driving?  Is it always the other drivers?  How I respond in this situation could have either a positive or negative outcome.  Either way, it is my choice to decide how I am going to react.  Trust me, it’s real easy to want to get upset!  But why?  What will my getting angry do for me?

     Dave Egner writes:  “Some of us are quick to find fault with our fellow believers.  In the name of “encouraging” or “exhorting,” we point out the sins and shortcomings of our brothers and sisters in Christ without seeing our own failures or guild” (Luke 6:37-42).  My need to get somewhere in a hurry, may lead me to act either hastily or in a way that will find fault with others.  But again, it’s a choice that I make in that instant.

     I am reminded of a similar situation about a woman by the name of “Denise McKinney.  She was driving through the streets of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, late one evening when an oncoming car turned left in front of her.  She honked her horn to let the person know he had nearly caused an accident by his carelessness.

     When she parked her car a few minutes later, the same car pulled up beside her and the driver got out.  “The next time you honk your horn at someone,” he said, “maybe you should make sure your headlights are on.”  Sure enough, in her haste she had forgotten to turn on her lights.  She had been so convinced he was in the wrong that she never saw her own error.  She was the one who had almost caused an accident.

     We often act in a similar way.  We’re quick to judge the behavior of others and point out their error.  Jesus prefers that we examine our own lives and be quick to say, “I was wrong.  Please forgive me.”

Quote of the day:  Bosch

“Be quick to judge yourself and slow to judge others.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 6:42

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is easy to find fault with others, especially when we, as the Word so greatly says, can’t see through the plank that is in our eye.  Father, I pray that in the split decision that I have to either be upset or let it roll off my back, that I choose the later.  Father, I don’t get anything from being upset.  It just makes things worse.  Father, I pray for wisdom to make good choices, choices that bring Glory to Your Kingdom, in all areas of my life.  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