Attitudes and Circumstances

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. –Philippians 4:11-13

I enjoy the story of the little boy who was talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, baseball cap in place, toting a ball and a bat. He was overheard to say, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world.” Then he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it and missed. “Strike one.” Undaunted, he picked up the ball, said to himself, “I’m the greatest hitter ever,” threw the ball into the air and swung at the ball a second time. Again he missed. “Strike two!” He paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. “I’m the greatest hitter who ever lived,” he exclaimed. Then a third time he threw the ball into the air, swung the bat hard, and missed yet again. He cried out, “Wow! Strike three. What a pitcher! I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

His circumstances hadn’t changed but his attitude had changed, and that makes all the difference in the world. What difficulties are you facing right now? Is there really something that can change it? If you can do something about it, great, don’t wait another day. But, even if you can’t change the circumstances, change your attitude–that will make all the difference in the world.

1. What circumstances in your life do you need to turn over to God?

2. What makes it difficult to apply the principles of today’s lesson in your life?

Psalm 42:1-6

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve and Matt, and Andy; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

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