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"Attitude More Than Aptitude"

November 16, 2006

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable ... think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Charles Swindoll has said, "I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me, and 90 percent how I react to it."

The story is told of two young girls who delighted in paging through their "wish book," a mail-order catalog. The six-year-old, as she paged, said, "I want this; I'd like to have that." Turning the pages, she came to one thing after the other that she was certain she needed. Her four-year-old sister opened to the first pages and said, "I have this and I have that." The sisters were looking at the same book, but they saw things differently.

What is your overriding attitude? Are you, like the four-year-old, conscious of all the blessings God has lavished on you? Or do you, like the older sister, perhaps, see everything as something you want and need?

Let us be grateful for all God has given us, beginning and ending with the gift of forgiveness and everlasting life in Jesus. Let God attend to what we need. We will focus on what we have and give thanks for that.

PRAYER: Help us, Jesus, to be thankful for all You have given us. Amen.

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