God has given us a wonderful gift (several actually). But the one gift I would like us to think about is our mind. The mind is a very powerful tool.
Did you know, though, that we can use the power of our mind to actually impact the physical world around us? It true!
Your mindset can and does impact the type of day you are having (and yes, the type of day you are having can also impact your mindset, which is what happens most of the time).
We may not be able to control everything that happens to us, but we can control our response to those things.
Bad things are going to happen to us. People are going to say rotten things about us or even to us. Circumstances are going to pop up that really try our patience (to say nothing about our Christianity).
We cannot control any of these “bad” things...but we can and must control our response when these type of things happen to us.
For example, lets say you are driving to work and have a flat tire. You grumble, “What a GREAT way to start to the day!” You call the office, let them know what happened and that you’re going to be late. Then grumble some more as you change the tire. You pull into a tire shop and, as it turns out, your flat is unfixable. Now you have to buy a new tire. You grumble some more as you begrudgingly pay for the tire.
Throughout this process, it is all about you and the bad day you know you are now going to have. But, at any point during the above example did it dawn on you that God was leading you to a person (the tire shop person) that needs Him and that you can be His hands in ministering to that person?
Some people, once they have made up their mind, there is no changing their mind. Sometimes this is a bad thing. Sometimes, though, it can be a good thing.
The psalmist tells us, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24).
Make up your mind to “rejoice and be glad in it” no matter what type of day you are having...and don’t let anyone or anything change your mind.