Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it...they say. Sounds 'bout right. I can accept that. Jesus always properly responded to circumstances, issues, and hard things confronting Him, because He walked maintained a close communion with the Father and walked in the Spirit rather than after the flesh. And He can also equip us to do the same.
Hey gang, when others around us on the freeways, or in school, at church (yes, even with the flock on the Rock), or in the workplace etc... are so easily adopting the cold, angry attitudes of those who perhaps earlier kick their cats around so to speak, let's opt to allow God's love and grace to flow through us instead. It can happen - He can make it happen as we remember to look to Jesus.
And that doesn't mean you aren't to stand up and get honest with rude, cruel or abusive people who somehow had a bad day / week / year or whole life and then take it out of all around em. We do want them helped, but if we all just let em and there are never any consequences for their wrong choices, then they tend to keep getting away with it at another's expense. I happened to get real straightforward-honest recently - needed to. Things changed.
I challenge you to go vertical before horizontal (to the Bible God in prayer) with honest communication. He can handle it. Are you in Christ now, cultivating a righteous relationship? You can be and that is most important. Jotted down a quick prayer..cuz I needed to. Believer, would you pray something like...
P. Please draw us closer even more. Wanna have the attitude you have and did have down here. Don't wanna pray long publicly for show here.. but God, I praise, absolutely adore, and worship You for who You are today. You can make even this day how it ought to be for Your people as they pursue You. I will rejoice in Your Spirit. Glad you never change, or fake it, or manipulate, or deceive or even pretend like the religious leaders of your day..and of my day. I ask for wisdom, fresh anointing, holy fear, and keen soul-winning insight. Feelin' grateful inside that You meet all our needs daily and guide us in You're good Way. Thanks. So SO faithful are You..always! When I/we run into some strong attitudes, (as I personally encountered yesterday [not at home] while doing nothin' wrong.. which is really so typical to experience in this world-gone-astray), then please help me/us to maintain that same attitude that Christ displayed. Do need grace 24 / 7 / 365. Your holy character and boundless love make it so easy for us to want to be near You, therefore we magnify You today in Jesus Name!
"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!" 57/11ps.
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes." ~ Chuck Swindoll, my local pastor