A Positive Attitude

In order to achieve measurable growth in our spiritual lives, it is imperative to have a positive attitude. The right approach to life combined with faith in Christ is a wonderful recipe for success. Does this mean you will live a life of good fortune and never-ending splendor? Of course not. But how we handle life is more significant than what actually happens to us. I often think of Joseph, who had a few reasons to hang his head (cistern, prison, rejection), yet always seemed to find himself in a position of strength.
It’s been said that “God loves you the way you are, but loves you too much to leave you that way.” Regardless of our circumstances, we are not at the finish line. Nor do we know the end result of what our obstacles may bring. The eighth chapter of the Book of Romans is understandably seen as one which offers hope during difficult times. But allow me to use 5:1-2 for a moment:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
“Peace with God” and “hope of the glory of God” make it a bit easier to see the glass half-full, don’t you think? It should be noted that the RSV actually adds the word “sharing” to precede “the glory of God.” Our positive attitude enables us to rejoice with the very Creator of the universe. But perhaps more importantly, we have the opportunity to share His glory with others! We struggle to reach the lost – and edify the saved – when we consider our peace with God anything less than a celebration.
Remember: you are the only Bible some people will ever read. What we say is important. What we do is important. How we carry ourselves through our attitude is paramount. And, potentially, life-changing.

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