November 20, 2016

Attitude: the key to Joy


There are plenty of roadblocks on the pathway to peace and happiness. Some of us have small pebbles strewn along the path. We can still drive or walk comfortably. Others are faced with traffic accidents or construction zones. These people could be slowed down for hours. They may even have to find an alternate route.

That’s why our perspective (viewpoint) is so important. During this holiday season, especially, it’s crucial to concentrate on what’s right in our lives rather than what isn’t.  We need to take this approach to setbacks:
  • They’re usually temporary.
  • Sometimes, they aren’t as traumatic as they seem.

Examples of Perspective

Magnifying Glass

In the image above, there are numerous stamps. However, only one of them is being held up to the magnifying glass. Therefore, it is the “biggest” stamp. It is the one on which the viewer focuses. There might as well be no other items in the picture at first glance.
A Spot on a Jacket

A hoodie is pictured in this close-up shot. It’s fashionable and warm. This jacket can go with many outfits. On the other hand, it has some spots. Most individuals wouldn’t want to wear it outside. They would be aware that people would concentrate on the spots rather than on the unblemished portion of the garment.
Telescope

These instruments help us to see items at a great distance. The Hubble Telescope can even capture images 13 billion light years away from Earth. However, if you look through the other side of any telescope, the picture in front of you is distorted.  That image will be small. Here’s a story from Joel Osteen:
A young boy was bothered by a neighborhood bully. This had been a problem for some time. He and his dad were trying to come up with solutions. Finally, the young man changed his attitude when his dad gave him a telescope for Christmas. He told his dad that he was no longer intimidated by the tormentor. That’s because he looked at the mean young man through the wrong end of the telescope. This made the bully looked much smaller than he actually was.
Carol Graham

My good friend recently wrote a thought-provoking article about the importance of perspective. It’s great for a “Hmmm. That’s something to think about!” moment.

The Bible

“So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”—Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)

We cannot always fix our own lives; we’re human. We have to rely on God. Here are some of the attributes the Bible says God grants to us:
  • Eternal life
  • Guidance
  • Strength
  • Healing
  • Supplying our Needs
  • Deliverance
  • Protection

My Conclusion

“Focus on the promise, not the problem.”—Joel Osteen

Life is always about perspective. We can “magnify” either our trials or God’s promises. One choice can make us miserable; the other will may give us joy.

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Do you choose to magnify the negative or the positive?