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Attitude Adjustment

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:6 (NLT)

Years ago, when the littles were little, I chuckled to myself when I would hear my daughter tell one of the grandgirlies that she needed an “attitude adjustment.” I knew that this little one had probably been overly whining and had finally stepped on the last nerve of her mother and consequences were just ahead. Depending on the situation, there might be instant obedience … or not, on her part.

The same holds true for all of us. I remember an attitude change that I needed, not too many weeks after my first baby was born. All was well while my mother was there to take care of both of us but the day she left, my world turned upside down. Nothing seemed to get done and I was very frustrated. “When are things going to get back to normal?” I wondered. I fought each day’s schedule with that as a goal. After about six weeks of this nonsense, as I was rocking that sweet little girl after the 2 AM feeding, I suddenly realized that we would just have to make a “new” normal. Things were never going to get back to the way they were. Life as I knew it was irrevocably changed and I needed an attitude adjustment.

The following day’s agenda was still just as demanding but I chose not to let it get me down. I learned to enjoy that sweet baby and take each day as a gift. I don’t mean to say that I never had frustrating moments and wished for the peace and quiet of earlier times but I noticed that that no matter whatever our stage in life, we still encounter “new normals”: children in school, children out of school, new job, empty nests, retirement, moving, illness. Each change is a test and requires patience, energy, planning, and trust. But, the challenges of life level out and become manageable if we trust God to lead us rather than trying to control them ourselves.

This latest move has tested me to the max. I don’t know whether it is because I am older or that the next step was not on my plan. However, our Father is right there to encourage me, smooth out the rough places, and plant my feet on a firm path.

So take a walk with an attitude of thankfulness and love and see what good things are right around the corner.

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The Goal

Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NCV)

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As each year passes, I keep thinking that I’m going to finally get this right. What good is aging if you keep repeating the same mistakes? And if we try and do it by ourselves, it will be the definition of insanity, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  So how do I change the outcome?

First, I can’t change the outcome. Only God can. Reaching out to Him each day for guidance and direction rather than running ahead on my own agenda will result in firm footing on the path He has for me.

Second, I can’t CHANGE the outcome. Because I believe in the sovereignty of God, He is the one that knows where I’m going and has put together the plan for me. I may or may not like it and I can think of a few things in my life that I would like to change. But, for whatever reason, the hard things remain and in the end, He changes me.

Third, I can’t change the OUTCOME. I might think I know where I’m headed but as the verses for today mention, I’m leaving last year and pressing forward into 2016. Thankfully, I didn’t know all the twists and turns of 2015 — I might not have gotten out of bed. But God gives grace and new mercies every day so that my destination will be on His roadmap for this year.

But all of this is good news because the burden for making it through this year is not on my shoulders.

 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

So, if you’ve already failed at your New Year’s resolutions, the calendar is too full, the wallet near empty, take heart.

Pressing On

When you can’t see the finish line,

It’s hard to know how much farther you have to go.

When you aren’t sure of the footing,

It’s difficult to tell if you’re on the right path.

One step at a time, and believe.

One foot in front of another, and trust.

Slowly and carefully make your way

Knowing that you are lovingly being led.

When you can’t accurately judge the depth

It’s hard to know if you’re going in too deep.

When you can’t see how steep the drop-off will be

It’s easy to unwittingly stand precariously.

One day at a time, and have faith.

One obstacle after another, and endure.

Steadily and confidently press on toward the goal

Knowing that someone waits for you at the end.

And that someone is Jesus.

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