Randy Carter and I have known each other for many years now. To me he has become my brother. We have endured many things together and our families will always remain close. Recently, he has been writing a lot. I have encouraged him to start a blog of his own – I think I have just about talked him into it. In the meantime, here’s an entry from Randy:
Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
We can choose our attitude. We can reflect on the problems in life and choose to be “wretched.” Or we can dwell on what is good. We can thank God for all He has given us.
Either way we choose, we can affect the lives of others. Our attitude can contribute to the misery of others. We can bring down someone who was doing fine until we came along. We can turn our children’s hopes, happiness and pride into hurt feelings. Or we can smile and reflect Jesus. Let people see the love of God in your eyes. Let the car in ahead of you, it won’t delay you. Let the person ahead of you in line at the store. Hold a door, smile, take the time to listen. Your act of kindness may be the only one that person receives today. You may be the only person who will take the time to listen to a hurting person. The person who cut you off in traffic, the person you hold the door for, they may have received the news that a loved one has passed away, or has a terminal disease. Maybe a wife or husband told them that they were having an affair and leaving them.
“The cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
We have so much to be thankful for. I don’t have to look far to see how blessed I am. Even when things are going badly, we have the opportunity to be thankful. In fact as Christians, when we are suffering is when non Christians will be watching us. How are we going to respond? In a way that will make them want to know Jesus, or in a way that will make them glad they don’t.
Dennis Lewis and I have talked about Brother Lawrence for years. Brother Lawrence was a lay brother in Paris.
“No task was too trivial for Brother Lawrence for he was able to transform the mundane chores of the kitchen into glorious experiences of heaven.”
Translated, he found joy in everything he did. He washed dishes and sang. Everything he did was for the glory of God. He chose his attitude.