By Joan Clayton
The gift of time is a wonderful gift. Each day I am given can be a good day. It depends on my attitude.
Our family awoke one morning to find that our washer had been leaking all night. The laundry room held water ankle deep. Water had overflowed into the den and soaked the carpet. We swept the water out and waited for the plumber.
Emmitt went outside to mow the lawn only to find the riding lawn mower had a flat tire. He went to town to find someone to fix it.
I had a dental appointment so I stayed home to get ready, but when it came time to leave, I couldn’t find the car keys because they were locked up in the car. I had to walk one mile in 25 minutes to keep my appointment.
After the appointment I tried to call Emmitt to come and get me. He was outside and didn’t hear the phone. I had to walk a mile to get back home.
When I finally reached home we sat in the swing. We could have cried or laughed — but we chose to laugh.
In the midst of our trials, we can still choose our attitude. Our attitude depends upon how we view our circumstances. A wrong attitude saps the strength out of our days and puts heaviness into the atmosphere. When problems arise we still have the power to hold on to the many good things in our lives. Dwelling on past mistakes, wounds by others or a painful past ruins the joy of today. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34).
Do you ever engage in negative self-talk? Do you allow some worry or anxious situation to dominate your mind? If left unchecked, such actions have a detrimental effect upon your body by putting added stress on your system. It takes a real concentrated effort to change a thought pattern. The diligence and perseverance are worth it. Those nagging, negative thoughts can be stopped. Replace worrisome thoughts by saying, “I have the power to make today a good day and I choose to look for the good. I choose to remember God’s faithfulness in the past and he will not abandon me now.”
Be persistent. It is worth all the time and effort it takes. You will be speaking life to your mind and body because God’s Word is “Life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:22).
King David was surrounded by foes on every side, yet he knew his God. “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6). David looked beyond his present circumstances and focused on the answer, not the problem.
You can enjoy and be grateful for each day of the coming year. God gives you one day at a time. What you do with it is up to you. You can make your own unhappiness or you can say:
“God, I thank you for today. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”