ON THE MESSAGE THIS WEEK: GET AN OVERCOMING ATTITUDE
KEY VERSE: “HE WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD” (I JOHN 4:4).
The disappointments of life can cause one to see nothing but negativity in the future. You express hopelessness, belittle your own abilities, refuse to take any risk, say no to great personal growth opportunities, complain about the unfairness of life and say that nothing you do will make a difference in a particular circumstance. Do you recognise any of these attitudes in yourself? If so, there’s good news.
Dr P. Meier, a Christian psychiatrist, said, ‘Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realised.’ That simply means with practice, you can develop an overcoming attitude. Here is how:
(A) Be open & honest about your quest to conquer pessimism. Give someone you respect the permission to point out when you are being negative.
(B) Limit your exposure to negative input. Since you become like the company you keep, look for people who’ll fortify your faith and not feed your fears. ‘He that walketh with wise men shall be wise’ (See Proverbs 13:20).
(C) Volunteer to serve others who are less fortunate. Serving creates positive feelings & gives a sense of value; it’s also the right thing to do.
(D) Look for the good in every situation and always express faith that it’s there!
Former US President Harry Truman said, ‘A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist, one who makes opportunities out of the difficulties.’ When you face a difficulty, ensure to see it as an opportunity because ‘He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world’.
(Extracts from ucb, wordfortoday)
Did you know: There are almost 20 different passages in the Bible where it is mentioned that we are God's people.
Ref: Jeremiah 32:38 / Ezekiel 14:11 / Zechariah 8:8 / 2 Corinthians 6:16 / Hebrews 8:10 / Ezekiel 11:20 / Ezekiel 37:23 / Jeremiah 7:23 / Jeremiah 31:33 / Ezekiel 37:27 / Jeremiah 31:1 / Revelation 21:3 / Exodus 6:7 / Leviticus 26:12 / Jeremiah 11:4 / Jeremiah 30:22 / Ezekiel 36:28.