Wednesday, September 18, 2013

YOU decide

When our oldest daughter Beth was in high school and our second daughter Kat was in junior high, they clashed on a regular basis.  You couldn't put them in the same room with each other.  When Kat was about to enter high school, I had a little talk with Beth. 

"You have a big decision to make," I said.. "Kat will soon be at the same school as you.  You can either be fiercest enemies battling it out, or you can be friends and a great support to each other.  You choose."

We do not always have the power to change our situation, but we can change how we approach it.  And that can make a significant difference.

The real problem might not be your job, location, or your annoying co-worker, spouse, or little sister, but YOUR attitude towards it.

As I told Beth, decide what you want this to look like.  Not I have to, but I get to.

"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 can 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 I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes."

                                     --Charles Swindoll renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and put on the new nature...
                                        Ephesians 4.23

What are you wearing today?

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