Posted by: Judy | June 4, 2019

New Attitude

I refuse to go through life with a bad attitude. This is a constant battle for me. I was raised in fear, trained in fear, force-fed fear. I’ve no doubt blogged about this topic before, including my too often repeated mistake of thinking I’m “through” if finally. I acknowledge I cycle.

The difference: I used to be able to track my cycle. Yes, PMS was a miserable part of my life. I’m older. I can’t track my cycle anymore. I don’t know what tips me one way or the other. I’m endeavoring to maintain the same basic routine. Beyond that, I’m mystified.

I know the value of gratitude. I know embracing it makes life much better.

Too often, Christians throw out “Just have faith, and everything will be fine.”

Sometimes, that statement needs qualifiers:

When does this mystical “fine” appear?

Fine by who’s definition?

The kicker is when everything goes wrong, and some of those same “unhelpful” people say, “You just need more faith.”

Here’s the thing: Faith doesn’t mean everything will be fine, at least not in this life. Faith means that my soul will be safe in God’s keeping no matter what happens in my life.

In the Bible, there are promises that blessings come to the faithful. However, Jesus also promised that those who choose to follow Him will know persecution.

Job endured horrible trials. Many will say, “Yes, and all was restored to him two fold.” Yes. John the Baptist was faithful to the end and was beheaded. Was John less faithful than Job? I don’t think so.

I hear many Christians complain that they aren’t happy and their life is hard and God wants them to have joy and they don’t… yeah, I do that too sometimes, but I’m learning.

The movie “Facing the Giants” gave me my first insight into how we’re allowed to be disappointed but we love God anyway. Then MercyMe came out with the song “Even If.”

https://youtu.be/B6fA35Ved-Y

I want to be less whiney and more grateful. Practice.

Wizzymedpower discussed Attitude. It never ceases to amaze me how other bloggers post about things I’m studying.

https://wizzymedpower.com/2019/06/03/attitude-makes-all-the-difference/

This picture was not planned. It came up as the next one to be posted. Perfect timing, don’t you think?


Responses

  1. Well written and presentable.. I appreciate

    • You’re welcome.

  2. These concepts have been on my mind a lot lately. I do think that sometimes we have a myopic view of faith and gratitude. This viewpoint almost lacks charity.

    It’s so tricky because, of course, so much of it comes down to faith – but as you mentioned – maybe not in the way that we say it. I love what we learn about faith in Hebrews 11. I especially love verse 13:

    “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

    Sometimes I also think of faith and being faithful in the same way that a spouse is faithful to the other spouse. When one person “cheats” on another person, we say that they are “unfaithful.” What does it mean to cheat, then? To turn to someone else, essentially.

    I have realized sometimes my faith in God – not only to see if I will “believe in Him,” but also – will I remain faithful to Him, or will I turn to another? Will I be unfaithful?

    Anyway – not sure if any of this makes sense, but I appreciate your honesty and candor. Life is hard. Some people are given really difficult things to overcome in this life. And all I know is that God’s grace can overcome even the most terrible grievances. I don’t think it will make this life any easier, but we can – at the very least – have a semblance of hope for a better world.

    xoxo

    • Amen. Good observation about remaining faithful. I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thanks for the insight. ❤

  3. Thank you for posting, Judy! I always love your posts and your honesty. This post hit home as this is something I have been struggling with as well. Thanks for sharing. ❤️

    • You’re most welcome. ❤


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