Discouraged? (11.01.19–A Joyful Attitude –Jeremiah 1:6-8)
My friend, may I ask you a question? When things are looking hopeless, are you able to keep going despite what appears to be gloom and doom? When you think about it, do you and I tend to be quitters when the going gets tough and life threatens us, rather than someone who perseveres? Do we see the darkness quickly and are just as quick to throw in the towel?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’ve longed believed that the reason we so often become negative in this life about things is that we lose sight of what could be if only we allow ourselves to own it. Years ago I was watching our little wiener dog Frodo the one day as he dug and dug at a hole he was trying to cut under our run fence. He kept digging despite the time it took or the immediate prospects it had of getting him where he wanted to go–under the fence. He kept looking up and spying freedom on the other side and that was all that it took to keep him going despite what looked to be a hopeless situation.
When things are looking hopeless, are you able to keep going despite what appears to be gloom and doom?
Here’s a story: “A man was driving home from work one day and spied a League game in progress on a local diamond. With a little time on his hands, he stopped to watch the baseball game. As he sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, he asked one of the boys standing behind the backstop what the score was. “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile. “Really,” the man said, looking around at dozens of smiling faces. “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.” The little boy shrugged his shoulders and looked at the man with a quizzical smile. “Discouraged?” the he asked? He turned and pointed to his fellow teammates out in the playing field. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.” (Author unknown.)
When you think about it, you and I tend to be quitters rather than someone who perseveres. We see the darkness quickly and are just as quick to throw in the towel. Why? Just like that little leaguer was confident that once he and his teammates got a chance to bat things would change, we should be equally confident that if we keeping digging, just like little Frodo, we might actually have a chance. Keeping a positive attitude about life, even when the odds against success seem daunting, is the key to finding and giving true happiness in this life. God doesn’t want us to quit when things aren’t going the way we want them to. Always keep this in mind; He is on our side and if we haven’t even been up to bat yet, who knows what we can accomplish?
We pray. Heavenly Father, Father, we bless and thank You for a brand new day and for the fresh opportunities and challenges that this day will bring. Thank You that You mercies are new every morning and I pray that I will walk worthy of You today and be a faithful witness in thought, word and deed. demonstrating a Christ-like attitude to all with whom I come in contact. Keep me ever-focussed on You Lord and keep my heart steadfastly trusting You for all my needs and necessities. Help me not to function in my own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. May I stand firm in the truth of the gospel of grace and remain steadfastly looking to Jesus - trusting in Him to supply His sufficient strength for all occasions. Teach me all that You would have me to learn today and give me the courage and strength to press on toward the goal for the upward call in Christ Jesus.. so that I may win the heavenly prize ,which God, in Christ, is calling me to do. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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