Tagged: 'In Courage' Newsletter
March 24, 2016 at 9:19 am #3041
The ‘In Courage’ Newsletter — this Thursday: “Personal Skills and Motivational Message”
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver
“Is a word spoken in right circumstances.” (Proverbs 25:11 NASB)
We have all heard that our attitude has a great influence on how things actually turn out for us in our lives. It makes sense, so our mind inevitably wanders to thoughts of smiling more, or trying to project the image of being a “winner”, or at least somebody folks can count on, and so on.
But you can feel an enormous pressure to *have* a good attitude. Can I fake a good attitude?
• Well, I can discipline my mouth to not say bad things about my old employer. But it’s real work to forgive them.
• I can stand up straight, and walk confidently into a social situation or an interview. But what if I am still scared that *something* will go wrong, and that I may make the wrong impression.
• I can be persistent. I know that I may hear many “No’s” before I get that big “Yes”. But the hard part is knowing in my deepest place that God is going to take even my “No’s” and use them as *fuel* for my “Yes’s”.
Here’s two examples of attitude:
I told my daughter that, if the Devil were ever turned into a person, he would be that humorless jerk, seeing only the bad in the future, not really funny, and can’t take a joke. He is envious of anyone who has things a little better than him. He distrusts all the people he should trust, and believes all the worst about everybody, and feels compelled to make you believe that, too. If he had your cell number, he’s the kind of guy you’d set on “Send calls straight to voice mail”, and then you’d delete the messages without playing them. His only “friends” are people just like him. His bad attitude sooner or later gets him on the outs with everybody, and you hear about him being hauled off to jail after committing some crime.
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God, on the other hand, is the ultimate Recycler and Repurposer of bad stuff into good stuff. He’s the guy who’s always turning manure into fertilizer, discarded trash into useful treasure, and coal into diamonds. God is like some magical person who runs back in time, grabs my baddest times, recycles them into treasures, and then puts them in my path, just ahead of me, where I can find them. He’s the guy who shows up at the wedding, and even the bride and groom are happier. He’s the smart guy who’s not a jerk about it. You are at your best after hanging out with him. He’s the really amazing coworker. Everybody want him to be their boss. And you are so *not* surprised when he ends up President of the company.
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Some say that people *don’t* change. We are built to change slowly, and this is a good thing, actually. But we do change. I can change. And you can change.
Come and visit with us, and get a dose of, “It’s Going to Get Better.”
Next Week, we start the next session of CTW: “Accepting the Ax: How to Get by the Why”
Hey, more on this in next week’s ‘In Courage’ Newsletter.
But, you know all that stuff that helped me out with *my* attitude? We start the whole thing here from page one!
That’s it for this week. And may the God of hope fill you with hope!
All the best,
Career Transition Workshop
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