Sunday, March 30, 2008

Choosing Attitude

It's been a hard weekend. There have been a lot of emotions I've been experiencing, and it's brought to mind a powerful passage from Max Lucado that I've been wanting to share with you for a while. I realized that this might be just the right time. I've been reading daily devotionals from his book "Grace for the Moment" and before the daily stuff starts, the first passage in the book talks about choosing attitude. While not everything applies to me (he talks about drinking coffee -Yuk!, he also talks about his wife and kids, and my schedule is opposite his right now working nights) the rest of it is really quite powerful. It's up to us to choose our attitude.


From "Grace for the Moment":

Each Day...

It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met.

For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose.

I CHOOSE LOVE...
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrents bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I CHOOSE JOY...
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical... the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I CHOOSE PEACE...
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I CHOOSE PATIENCE...
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I CHOOSE KINDNESS...
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I CHOOSE GOODNESS...
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS...
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I CHOOSE GENTLENESS...
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL...
I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

By Max Lucado in "Grace for the Moment".

It's been great to read these words each day and think about choosing my attitude. My practice has become to read these words first and then go to the specific devotional for the day before reading my scripture passages for the day.

I want to challenge each of you to also think about your own attitudes! Whether in the midst of good things or bad, we really are capable of choosing the attitude we'll have. Remember that! Accept the challenge! It's a daily choice, but it's a choice you can make -to have an attitude that is honoring and pleasing to God. I promise to do the same and you should call me on it when I choose otherwise!

7 comments:

Candis Berge said...

Nice post, Kari. Lovely.

CJ Olson said...

I need to get my book out to remember to do that!! Thank you!!

christine said...

Excellent! I think I need to print that out and post it by my bathroom mirror to read each morning.

Stacy said...

Hi Kari,
That was so inspiring and it meant alot to me, something I need to remember...Hope all is well with you. I'm excited about your dinner tomorrow.

When you have time (no hurries) will you please check out a video I put on my blog....it just speaks to my heart so and I think you will find it touching as well...it's just an awesome message and I want it to spread and just wanted to share. Thanks.
Stacy

Have a blessed day Kari!!!

Molly said...

Thanks for that Kari! Such a good reminder, I also think I'm going to put that somewhere where I can read it each morning!

Marilyn and Jim said...

Beautifully said. Something I need to read each day as well! Thanks for sharing. We love you and are awaiting your arrival!

meghan said...

Your post was really encouraging. You are brightening people's days and you don't even realize it! Hope your move goes well. Can't wait to find out all about your new city and job!