Rising Above Your Circumstances
It is not circumstances that make us happy or unhappy, but our attitude towards them – the way we look at them or feel about them.
We are ever striving to shape our circumstances to suit our tastes, and we are able to do so in some measure. But there are many circumstances beyond our control that we are unable to change.
The tendency of many adults is to become discontented, irritated and even bitter when our circumstances are not to our liking – and like children we cry and sulk when we can’t have our own way. Such attitudes is a continual source of unhappiness to us and those around us.
Some of us are able to be more realistic and make the best of what we can’t change, and adjust ourselves to be more calm and less disturbed by our circumstances. However, there is no real comfort in it, though there may be some pride and satisfaction in being strong instead of acting like children. But this is not the Christian’s attitude.
Change Your Attitude
Paul said of himself, “I have learned in whatever state (circumstance) I am, to be content” (Phil. 4:11 NKJV). The Christian’s attitude should yield real contentment and satisfaction even in the most trying of circumstances. A Christian knows he is a beloved child of God, and that his Father has all circumstances under control and only allows those things that are for his greatest good. “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). (more…)