Life is a choice. Your attitude is a choice. Having fun is a choice.
I say phrases like this many times to my teenager (and my other children as well). In our comfortable house with food, toys, clothes, devices, and more, they can still find something to complain about — often. As my one daughter complained to me about an activity she did not want to do, I told her she did not have to do it; however she would have to do others. As she continued to complain about how not enjoying this (fun) activity was, I said she was right. It was ranked right up there with walking miles to get a gallon of water to drink, dealing with AIDS or cancer, having no food to eat, having a war-torn country, and more.
My speech at least convinced her to go to bed and to stop complaining at the moment. All of this to say that I have often told her that her happiness is a choice. She can choose to have a positive attitude and deal cheerfully with the inconveniences she may sometimes face or doing something that she does not love to do or she can choose to complain and make her own life miserable. When I have told her that she is very often negative, she has said that I am not very positive either. So I have to consider her comment. Is she accurate? Or is she so negative that she sees others as being negative too?
I know that I could easily be negative, and I don’t want to be. I want to be a positive person. I want to choose to think on . . . things that are true, things that are honest, things that are just, things that are pure, things that are lovely, and things that are of good report. (from Philippians 4:8)
To choose to think positively needs to become a habit if one is to succeed in being a continually positive person. My husband in prayer meeting challenged all of us to praise God for something different each day this week. If we praise God everyday, then we will think His thoughts and have a joyful life because He gives us joy.
Praising God is acknowledging God for who He is and what He has done. I’m sure all of us can think of so many things to praise God for, but we can find 8 metaphors of God that we can praise Him for being in our lives in II Samuel 22:1-4:
- Praise Him for being our Rock. He is our security and strength.
- Praise Him for being our fortress. We have His protecting power.
- Praise Him for being our deliverer. He can deliver us from trials and temptations. He also can provide a way of escape.
- Praise Him for being our shield from any attacks from the enemy.
- Praise Him for being the horn of our salvation. The horn of salvation is an emblem of power. Our God is all-powerful!
- Praise Him for being our high tower; our citadel; our strong place. From our high tower, we can see what we need to see. God is our vision, and we can have the vision we should have.
- Praise Him for being our refuge; our safety.
- Praise Him for being our Savior. He saves us from our sins and from being by ourselves difficult circumstances of life.
So join me this week on praising God every day!
Here are a couple of posts I enjoyed from last week’s party:
- Cultivating a Peaceful Christmas from A Mama’s Story
- Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas when Santa is on a Tight Budget from Heidi Naturally
- Helping Kids Remember the Reason for the Season from To You: Love, Marielle
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