Having a Good Attitude in Striving

Judges 4:9-10 The Message (MSG)”She (Deborah) said, “Of course I’ll go with you. But understand that with an attitude like that; there’ll be no glory in it for you. God will use a woman’s hand to take care of Sisera.”

Dictionary.com defines strive as; 1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood. 2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.

To strive for something you must have a good attitude. You must choose to believe you are going to get the results you desire, and then be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to accomplish it. It doesn’t matter if what you want is to lose those last ten pounds or get that position at work you desire so badly. But I guarantee you this, if you don’t have the proper attitude and determination, to strive for what you want, you will never achieve your goal.

Paul puts it this way in his letter to Timothy, “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:10.

We all know people who have a perpetual grumpy attitude. Then there are others who, no matter what happens to them, always finish with a smile.  Ron Hutchcraft, at http://www.hutchcraft.com calls a good attitude, “A smile in a sea of sour”. I like that.

The difference seems to be what they are striving for. What they want or what God wants. It’s been well documented that those who strive for material things always need just a little more to make them happy. But when they get it they are still not satisfied.  On the other end of the scale are those who are poor as church mice and they are some of the happiest people I know.

Don’t you see? It’s not how much or how little you have or strive for. It’s Who you have in you and allowing His plan for your life to be fulfilled through you that makes you happy.

What is His plan for you? If you are still not sure, look back over your life and notice the things you did that really gave you a sense of accomplishment. That feeling that you could be happy doing this one thing forever. Chances are that is what God wants you to do or be.

If there is something you want, check to be sure that what you want is in God’s will. That means get your Bible out and look for God’s promise or principle that covers it. For example, that weight you want to lose. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NASB) “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

In other words; do what you need to do to take care of the body God gave you so that it will bring honor to Him. Strive for it! Adopt the proper attitude that will get it done. You can do this! And don’t ask if He wants you to quit smoking, swearing or carrying on and getting drunk because you already know the answer to that!

If you don’t know where to look in the Bible, start with the Concordance (index) in the back. You can also go to biblegateway.com and try a word search. This is a great reference tool and there are others out there to choose from.

You know, the funny thing about this devotional is that I had planned for it to go in an entirely different direction. You have just seen an example of how God can take what you plan to do and change it into something completely different if you will allow Him to be in control.

Now that’s a good attitude to strive for!

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My eyes are green, my hair is white and the rest changes without notice and frequently does! I've been a volunteer with the American Red Cross since 1972 and currently a MN State Certified Emergency Manager.
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