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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What Shall I Wear?

Early one morning, I stared into my closet and wondered what I should wear? I was about to pull one of my nice shirts off of the hanger, but I thought better of it. I didn't want to waste a nice shirt on a day that was a "just-get-it-over-with" kind of day.

"Today is not special," I thought. "I should just wear jeans and a t-shirt."

I put on the jeans and t-shirt and inspected myself in the mirror. I realized that I pretty much wear jeans and a t-shirt every day. As I stared at my reflection, God nicely connected my outward attire to my attitude. I had a negative attitude towards this day. I wanted to hurry up and get it out of the way. I had already made up my mind that this day would be unimportant and absolutely no fun. And judging from my hamper overflowing with t-shirts and jeans, I harbored that attitude a lot.

Although there is nothing wrong with wearing jeans and a t-shirt, God revealed an expectation and attitude I had about my days that needed to be readjusted. Every morning, I roll up my sleeves and plow through my day like a tractor on autopilot. I trudge along and miss most of the enjoyment because my expectations are low and my attitude is wrong.

Have you ever done that?

Have you ever thought to yourself, "If only I could get through this day, life would be better"?

God is teaching me that I need to change my attitude and expect great things every day. God is the master weaver of our days, and He does not waste a single one. None of our days drop under His radar; He has a divine appointment for us each and every day!

Now, I'm not saying that every day is going to be filled with rainbows and lollipops, but each day does serve a purpose. I think if we put our trust in God, we can find joy even in the hard times. God doesn't waste a single heartache, conflict or tragedy. He cares about us and our days, and He wants us to be blessed.

If you are a Christian, you have the ultimate portal to joy -- Jesus Christ! People are looking at us, and they are wondering why we are here on this earth. They want to see if Jesus makes a difference in our lives. They need to see our joy, especially during the mundane and hard times.

If we start tapping into the joy that is within us, we would have joy every where we go, no matter the circumstance! Once we get good at opening that joy, we can start sharing it with those around us. We can pass out God's joy like it's going out of style, and people will praise God because of it!

I am learning to put on a new attitude every morning, even if I still put on my jeans and t-shirt! What about you? How can you give your attitude a new wardrobe?

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and
be glad in it" (Psalm

"Lord, help me to have an new attitude today. I want to live like each day has a grand purpose. I know that You do not waste a single moment in this vapor of a life. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen."

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Blogger Denise said...

Beautifully said.

December 1, 2009 at 2:09 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Love this today. I can relate to your "tractor" image far too well... Thanks for the perspective!

December 1, 2009 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger NSBooklady said...

This is one of my biggest problems and something I really need to work on. It started when i retired. Nowadays, it seems like days are the time between getting up and going back to bed. Thanks for the attitude adjustment.

December 1, 2009 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Crissy said...

I think we all can get stuck in a rut! Thanks for encouraging me to take action!

December 1, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Jamaican Princess said...

AMEN! I am guilty of having low expectations with my days. I need to work on changing that!

December 1, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Freddae' said...

Being thankful daily helps in keeping our eyes focused on God's expectations and not our own. Thank you for the beautiful message.

December 1, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I think that cultivating an attitude of gratitude helps us with having the right attitude.

As much as I used to be a night person, I have come to really enjoy my early morning times. Oftentimes, it's during those early morning hours that I talk to the Lord and ask Him to help me throughout my day be the person, Mom, wife, etc. that He wants me to be.

Thanks for helping us think about what kind of attitudes we have.


December 1, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

I love this post! It hit so close to home, and I really appreciate your writing it!

December 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Awesome...thank you for that reminder!! :) Whenever I'm having a bad day, I seriously reflect back on your post with the commercial where the guy has his own cheering section everywhere he goes. God wants us to be victorious in every situation, and he's cheering us on everyday, no matter how mundane the day seems to be. :)

December 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Amen...I pray that closing prayer with you!

December 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love this! had that day on sunday, and i knew better in my heart of hearts. great inspiration!

- jenn

December 1, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

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