Motivational Minute - Attitude
In “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” Alexander wakes up in the morning with gum in his hair – and it only gets worse from there. From one thing to another, his day is full of disappointments, misunderstandings, accidents, and a cavity! His solution is to move to Australia! After he shares his bad day with his mom, she consoles him by saying, “Some days are just like that – even in Australia.”
We’ve all had those days when things seem to go from bad to worst. Those days when our best laid plans unravel and fall a part due to circumstances beyond our control. It just seems that everything is going against us. There are days you love your job, and then days when your job just stinks.
And about the time you begin to feel like things are looking up, some unexpected calamity comes out of no where and reminds you that you are having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day! And no matter how hard you try, the day just seems to get the best of you.
We’ve all been there …. and we’ll be there again.
This is when you say all those clichés to yourself try to change your attitude: “When Life Gives you Lemons…” (What other cliché’s really annoy you when you’re having a bad day?)
At least it gets better when we break out all the promises of God and remind ourselves of those:
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Matthew 11:28-29 - “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Isaiah 40:29-31 - He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Philippians 4:19 - And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:37-39 - No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Okay, let’s be honest, have you ever had terrible horrible, no good very bad days when the promises of God just didn’t seem to quite cut it?
For those days, here’s another promise…
Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation…” (John 16:33)
The Apostle Paul talks about days so bad he just wanted to die. Look at his list of terrible, horrible, very bad no good days: (2 Cor 11:24-27). 5 times was given 39 lashes; Beaten with Rods 3 times; Pelted with stones once (left for dead); Shipwrecked 3 times; Treaded water in the open sea for a day and a half; Experienced hunger, thirst, cold; Got so bad I just wanted to die (2 Corinthians 11:24-27; 1:8-11)
At the end of it all, though, Paul could say: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
So how did Paul pull through? what kept him going? let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 1:8-11).
"We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."
How did Paul pull through?
- My trials taught me to rely on God, not myself
- God delivered me before, I knew he’d do it again
- Our hope is fixed on Him and his deliverance
- and by the way, your prayers are working!
2 Corinthians 2:16-18 - Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.