Over­com­ing ‘At­ti­tude’

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

The dis­ap­point­ments of life can cause one to see noth­ing but neg­a­tiv­ity in your fu­ture. You ex­press hope­less­ness, be­lit­tle your own abil­i­ties, refuse to take any risk, say no to per­sonal growth op­por­tu­ni­ties, com­plain about the un­fair­ness of life, and say that noth­ing you do will make a dif­fer­ence in a par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stance.

Brothers and sis­ters at­ti­tudes are noth­ing more than habits of thought, and habits can be ac­quired. An ac­tion re­peated be­comes an at­ti­tude re­al­ized. That means with prac­tice, you can over­come a neg­a­tive at­ti­tude. A “pes­simist” is one who makes dif­fi­cul­ties of his or her op­por­tu­ni­ties, an a “op­ti­mist” is one who makes op­por­tu­ni­ties of his or her dif­fi­cul­ties. When we face a dif­fi­culty to­day brothers and sis­ters, see it as an op­por­tu­nity be­cause He who is greater than He who is in the world.

If you have ex­pe­ri­enced a storm when around other peo­ple, you know not ev­ery­one re­sponds the same way. When it comes to the up­heavals we face, our var­ied re­sponses can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact down the road. Storms are un­avoid­able in life. When one comes your way, the wis­est thing you can do is to cry out to God Almighty.

God Almighty is not wait­ing for us to blow it so He can pounce on us. God Almighty is in the busi­ness of grace, for­give­ness, and restora­tion. We need only to rec­og­nize that our sin is nei­ther cute nor ex­cus­able and come to God Almighty in faith and re­pen­tance. God Almighty be mer­ci­ful to me, a sin­ner. There is now no con­dem­na­tion brothers and sis­ters for those who are in God Almighty. Amen.

Who might we en­cour­age to­day? Does some­one come to mind who is dili­gent in fol­low­ing God Almighty and seek­ing to please Him? Make a phone call or write a note and urge this per­son to keep on their faith jour­ney with God Almighty. You can change. Enough said!

Wayne Robert Scott Peters­burg

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