April 15th has long been the dreaded tax day in the USA. Of course, this year we get until the 17th to file on time. Whether it’s taxes, or some other area of life where you feel slightly squeezed or slightly off kilter, it still holds true that the attitude we hold toward any event can make all the difference. I borrowed an excerpt from my Wellspring devotional to share with you today. See if it resonates with you.
“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad. “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5: 3-5
It may be hard to grasp the real beauty of the Beatitudes, but it’s easy to see that life carries one choice no matter what we’re going through. We can have an attitude of woe, or we can have an attitude of joy based on belief that in due course, everything will indeed be well again in the Lord.
If we look at this in an ABC style, we might think of A as the attitude we will adopt. When we feel without hope, when our dreams come falling down, when all the plans we’ve made have not come to fruition, we still have reason to rejoice. We have reason to believe that in due time God will raise us up and we’ll get a first row seat in the kingdom of heaven.
When sorrow stops us dead in our tracks, when we feel numb with the pain of loss, whether it’s someone close to us, or the loss of a job or an ideal, we can focus on what is ahead, knowing that God has every intention of making sure we are smiling again soon.
Perhaps the B part of our attitude adjustment then is to believe that God will indeed follow through with his plans to give us the kingdom, to see us smile, and to grant us a more abundant life on the earth. Believing is the key to it all.
Finally the C part of our attitude adjustment is Christ himself. He is the reason we can have a positive attitude about anything life hands us. It is because of his love for us, his sacrifice, his willingness to stand in the gap for us, that we can call God our father.
Life may feel a little less taxing, if we can just adjust the way we choose to see it. Today is your day to be happy.