Be the best?

November 26, 2019

   

My friend, may I ask you a question? Taking a contrary attitude to life when there’s always a better alternative may be human nature but is it God’s nature? Scriptures condemn attitudes that are contrary for the sake of being that way. Cynicism and skepticism may be comforting when we feel bad, but do they breed correction and endurance?

 

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Many years ago I worked with a coworker who just loved irritating the rest of us by posting signs around his desk. It wasn’t the “No Loitering” signs that bothered us. No. It was those little signs that he would post which made you stop and think. One in particular that I can remember was this one: “Cheer Up. There’s plenty of today left to make tomorrow better!” He just had a way of taking your bad day and putting a new perspective on it. The strange this is, most of us were happy with our bad days and really didn’t want to be reminded that tomorrow might be any better. That’s the funny think about attitude; sometimes the bad suits us better than the good. 

 

Here’s a story: Joe Theismann enjoyed an illustrious 12-year career as quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He led the team to two Super Bowl appearances--winning in 1983 before losing the following year. When a leg injury forced him out of football in 1985, he was entrenched in the record books as Washington's all-time leading passer. Still, the tail end of Theismann’s career taught him a bitter lesson: I got stagnant. I thought the team revolved around me. I should have known it was time to go when I didn't care whether a pass hit Art Monk in the 8 or the 1 on his uniform. When we went back to the Super Bowl, my approach had changed. I was griping about the weather, my shoes, everything. Today I wear my two rings--the winner’s ring from Super Bowl 17 and the loser’s ring from Super Bowl 18. The difference in those two rings lies in applying oneself and not accepting anything but the best. (Reader's Digest, January, 1992.) 

 

Taking a contrary attitude to life when there’s always a better alternative may be human nature but it isn’t God’s nature. Scriptures condemn attitudes that are contrary for the sake of being that way. Cynicism and skepticism may be comforting when we feel bad, but they don’t breed correction and endurance. There’s usually plenty of bad news to go around and often tomorrow may seem gloomy in its promises. But, our job as Christians is to challenge ourselves to endure the hardship and nurture the hope. Who knows, there may be plenty of today left to make tomorrow better after all! 

 

We pray. Father, we ask for Your help with my challenges today. Clear our minds of all negative attitudes and beliefs and cause stillness to overcome us by Your Spirit. Let Your Divine love transform concern and fear into peace and calm. Be a harmonizing force within our lives. We pray that You will build our faith so strong that we can stand up to any adversity in life with great confidence. We pray this day will be a spiritual one where understanding increases and our faith grows. 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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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