“For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully andclearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].” 1 Corinthians 13:12 Amplified Bible
Well, Gracers, here we are. We made it to the end of another week, the beginning of a week-end! I wonder what you met this week as you faced each day. Probably much the same as what you experienced last week, and the week before that. So, how do those things experienced impact your life? Or do they? Of course I know they make an impact, because how can what happens in our lives not make a difference in our attitudes?
Attitude, it makes all the difference in how we approach the challenges of life. One word that has become very popular is “perspective”. You know the drill, a person’s perspective is their reality, which is true. At times I think it becomes an easy excuse for remaining “where you are,” not having to make a change in our thinking because we have our own reality! And let’s face it, having our own reality is a great place to hide from those around us.
If our attitude remains thus, “our perspective is our reality,” then how do we ever learn to live in the present with those God brings into our lives? CS Lewis maintained that reality existed where God resided, therefore we live in the Shadowlands. As residents of this world we live in a darkened planet, one that has been shrouded in the black of the rebellion that has taken from us all that God originally created for us!
God’s Grace has changed all that through the life, death, and resurrected life of Jesus. Through Jesus we have the ability to receive an attitude adjustment! When our perspective becomes transformed into the reality of God’s Grace, we see the world, the people God brings to us, the circumstances we face, everything with a different attitude! And honestly, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need an attitude adjustment from time to time. Some of us need the adjustment more than others, some of us need it more often than others, and all of us are blessed to have the Grace of God that makes it all possible.
When I was pastoring in the mountains near Yosemite, I was also privileged to do Pulpit Supply (preach for another pastor who is on vacation, etc.) for several churches on Sundays. In one church, an independent Christian fellowship, my short term pulpit supply lasted for 6 years! On a pew at the very back of the church sat one lady. Every week when it was time for prayer requests, her hand would shoot up! Her request was always the same, “Please pray for me, I need an attitude adjustment!” My heart and mind resonated with her request every week.
There are a lot of great things written about attitude by some of the great thinkers of our time. What I know about my attitude is sometimes it’s much better than other times, that it needs to be adjusted often, that like perspective it becomes imbedded as my reality, I need my attitude, my perspective to become God’s grace-filled reality providing me with all the attitude adjustments I need whenever I need them!
May your week-end be blessed with the Amazing Grace of God as He continues to adjust your attitude and perspectives, and fill your lives with Himself, His Grace, and all you need for the life He has planned for you!
Grace, don’t leave home without it!
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