It's an amazing thing to think of what Jesus has done for us! We are a free peple; free indeed, from the bonds of sin, free to be who God created us to be; united forever with our creator; in relationship with the God of this universe!! We have been given everything we need to live and enjoy our lives. We can rejoice in any situation. We don't have to get caught up in what people think or say down here on earth. Let's get caught up in pleasing the Lord. Let's rejoice in the glorious hope that lies ahead. That's enough to make me leap for joy!
I have always maintained that attitude is key to any situation or relationship. I just recently read a quote from Chuck Swindoll that I would like to share with you today. I believe it to be so true.
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company or a church or a home.
The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day. We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have -and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you - we are in charge of our attitude."
Attitude played a major role in my cancer journey. I chose not to let all the cancer "stuff" dictate my life. At the base of my positive attitude was hope. Without hope, I would not have been able to enjoy living the way that I did through the journey. "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12 NIV
My hope was then and still is in God. Psalm 146:5 NIV says, "Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God." The KJV version puts it this way, "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God."
God has given us the opportunity to become new creations through His son, Jesus Christ.
In Ephesians 4, the Bible says this about our attitude. "You were taught, with regard to your former ways of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." NIV