Continued from here.
The final point I’ll make on choosing a good attitude is one I learned from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence. One of the devotionals talked about thanking God for this opportunity to trust Him more, which profoundly affected the way I face trials in my life.
The Book of James tells us…
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ Jas. 1:2-4
This passage of Scripture used to baffle me because I could not fathom how I could consider suffering to be “pure joy.” The way I have learned to do this (not that I do it perfectly) is by thanking God for this opportunity to trust Him more. God says that …
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ~ 2 Cor. 12:9
So, every time my circumstances are more than I can bear, I choose to thank God for this opportunity to trust Him more because I am learning how to live dependent upon God. The weaker I am in a situation, the more room becomes available for God’s power to work in my life in that area. In situations that I feel competent to handle, I’m less likely to think about inviting God in. However, when I face a mountain that I know I cannot possibly climb, I have the opportunity to invite God’s power into my life and lean on Him while He moves the mountain. That’s something to rejoice over!
I hope you now see that your attitude is entirely up to you. While you cannot control the circumstances of your life, you do have control over how you react them. You can choose to react as the World does and complain, or you can choose to thank God and experience joy amidst the challenges. The choice is entirely up to you.
[Graphic: Cover of Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence. Courtesy Amazon.]