“If he/she would just stop doing (xxxxxx), then we would not have these problems anymore.”
“If he would learn how to treat me better, then we could get along just fine.”
“If I just made more money or got a different job, then I could be happy.”
“If I did not have this health problem, then I could serve in my church.”
“If he/she had a better attitude, then I could have one too.”
“If only I could (xxxxx), then everything would be okay.”
Have you ever found yourself saying these types of things?
For the sake of today’s challenge, I’d like to put a different spin on that prayer. What if it went something like this, “Lord, help me to accept the people I cannot change, to change the ones I can, and to know that one is ME.”
-It is so much easier to be mean to a person who has been mean to you, than it is to pray for them, shrug it off, and maintain a smile and joyful heart.
-It is much easier to fall into the unethical practices of the corporate world, than it is to stand up for what is right despite the costs.
-It is much easier to join in the gossip session, than make it known that you want no part of it.
-It is much easier to criticize your husband, than to forgive him.
-It is much easier to yell at your kids, than exercise patience.
-It is much easier to resent the mother who has seven kids, when you cant even have one baby, than it is to thank God for blessing her with a family.
-It is so much easier to be bitter, than it is to choose joy despite our circumstances.
Challenge #2: Let God’s light shine brightly through you today – even if someone licks the red off of your sucker. Be kind to those who are unkind. Be giving to those who dont give. Look for the positive in every situation you encounter.