A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13) NIV
Beautiful One, how is your attitude?
Have you ever met someone who had an uncanny ability to be positive about everything? I think for the most part these people are few and far between. However, once in a while, someone enters your life who inspires and encourages you and you find yourself drawn to them just because they simply see everything in the world as a beautiful thing.
I recently bought a book in which to record my dreams and goals for the next five years. I've decided to actually put them down on paper, instead of just thinking about them. I bought a little book from Starbucks called "Where do you want to be in Five years?" This book is not only inspirational, but challenging as well. There are quite a few questions that are asked to provoke thought in the mind of the reader. One of the questions that I found myself stumped on asked, "Who are two of the happiest people you know who have a positive outlook on life and how have they inspired you?" OK, I guess that's two questions, but they really stopped me in my tracks when I read them.
My mind quickly went through all the people in my life, and I really was stumped as to who it is that is truly happy, positive and inspires me. I didn't want to just pick a personality that I respect from my teaching tapes or TV, because I don't really know them, I only know what they present to the world, but I cannot say that they are like that often, I have to tell you, I didn't have an honest answer, and it bothered me a great deal. It made me wonder who I really was surrounding myself with and I'm a little embarrassed to admit, I know I'm not one of them. I have a measure of joy and happiness in my life. Don't get me wrong, I live an incredibly blessed life and have many wonderful people in my life and half of the time, I'm very aware of this. But, the other half can be filled with a lot of other things that drain me. (I'm just being honest.)
There are times when I am going through certain things and I know the peace that I have, but I haven't quite mastered all the emotions in my life. Depending on what I'm dealing with and what kind of day I'm having, sometimes, my attitude needs a serious adjustment.
But, three months later, it has come to me. There is a man I work with, I actually knew this man some years ago. He was my daughters principle, when she was in eighth grade. For about a year, I would walk by Saul in the halls at work and even though I didn't remember him, every time I walked by him I said to myself, I really like this guy, there's just something about him. Come to find out, we finally recognized one another and it all came back. But what I find so wonderful is that this man is the same today as he was eight years ago. Always smiling, laughter in his voice, he sings constantly, and he always has a happy and joyful spirit. Always. I mean that literally, in fact I've even asked him if he ever gets upset. Of course, he laughs and responds oh yes, but I try not to be....
Beautiful One, we never know how our attitude affects another. I can honestly tell you that I want to be like my friend at work; I want to be a source of inspiration for others. Have we really thought about how we carry ourselves and how we view our lives effects how others see us? We are Christians and no matter what we face or how much we have on our plates, we should be known as the happiest, most joyful people on the face of the earth. We have a mighty, wonderful God who cares for us, who provides and daily loads us with benefits. We have access to heaven and all of the wonderful blessings and power that Christ died to give us. In retrospect, we have everything.
You and I have amazing opportunities to show the world, our families, co-workers and the people we encounter everyday, that God is good and when people see us, they should say "there's just something about that one!"
Beautiful One, just believe and never underestimate the power of influence your attitude can have on someone.