In a sermon recently, Pastor Lance Logue gave the following two illustrations to show that our hopes have a great deal to do with our attitude.
Illustration #1 – Your boss calls you into work on a Saturday to open 10,000 envelopes. Bored, fuming, complaining, pity party? How would you describe your attitude? Then, just before he leaves, your boss tells you, “In one of those envelopes you’ll find your bonus check for $10,000.” Do you suppose that change of perspective would have any effect upon your attitude?
Illustration #2 – A woman sits in front of her doctor’s desk. He says that with her condition she will likely gain 10 inches to her waist and gain 50 pounds. Crestfallen, she asks if there is anything she can do to prevent that from occurring. The doctor replies, “I’m afraid not. You’re pregnant.” Do you think that change of perspective would make any difference on her attitude?
Each of these illustrations presents a sudden shift of perspective…hoping to find that check…hoping to have a child. Which of the statements below more closely expresses your attitude, or perspective, as you start your day?
1. “There is so much to do today. I hope I survive.”
2. “I wonder what exciting thing God has in store for me today?”
I must admit, the first one describes me far too many days. Here are some ideas on how I can gain the perspective of the second statement.
FIRST, my attitude is a reflection of my faith in God’s goodness and watchfulness over my life. “O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1–3)
SECOND, I need to remind myself that this life is short, but my home in Heaven will last forever. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17–18)
THIRD, I can expect that God’s grace will be sufficient to meet every circumstance I face through the day. “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
FOURTH, I cannot be successful today if I live in the power of the flesh. “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (Galatians 3:3)
God is aware of every aspect of my life. He loves me and not is out to do me harm. For today He will provide the grace and leadership of His Spirit to guide me and strengthen me. Whatever I encounter, it can only last a relatively short time, but I have the assurance of a forever-home in Heaven. These benefits are true for every person who has received Christ. The Christian life is not a bed of roses, but when I remember these things, my attitude is better; I face life with a much better attitude.