Monday, September 28, 2009

Today's Devotional

Today's Verse

Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude]. ~Ephesians 4:23 AMP
Thoughts on today's verse...

Do you ever find you have a 'stale' attitude? You know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's that attitude of, "I'm so weary of [fill in the blank]. If only I could do something different." The fill in the blank could be 'work', it could be 'this house', 'this man/husband' or even this 'church'.

I know that sometimes I find myself discontent with what I have. Instead of thanking God for the [fill in the blank...], I do the "if only...". Sometimes I have to reinvent my job and change the focus and the schedule of how I do things and in what order.

Sometimes, when I'm not content with the house I have, I have to sit back, plan and rearrange furniture. Or maybe even paint the walls. Maybe it is something as simple as changing the pictures and/or art on the walls.

When my discontentment is towards my husband, I usually try to stop and pray. This discontent is usually attitude driven... and I find it's mine! I find I've been focusing on the negative things and not those that are positive.

Then again, sometimes I find that my lack of being content with the church is very similar to that mentioned above regarding my husband and again, I need to stop and pray.

I believe the 'stale' attitude could be eradicated by prayer and a change in attitude. Usually it is selfish in nature and is all about me. Do you remember John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech (perhaps you're not as old as I am)? In it he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country." That holds true in our employment, our homes, our marriages and our churches. Instead of finding fault, what might I do to improve the situation?
My prayer...

Lord God, Creator of all heaven and earth, hear my prayer! Forgive me for my attitude. Help me to renew my mind so that it comes more and more in line with Your Word and Your will. In Jesus' name I pray ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,

Tamara