Posts Tagged ‘attitudes’

May 17 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.
Charles M. Schulz

 

This is a much better philosophy than dreading several days at once. An even better philosophy would be to wake up each day with the idea that today will be excellent. Then start looking for what is excellent in the day.

May 13 Daily Verse

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Romans 13:9-10

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 

Father, we know that You are love. We also know that we aren’t able to love as You do. We have trouble seeing past the behaviors of some people. Sometimes what they wear and how they look have us wanting to turn away.  Often attitudes of others toward us simply aren’t lovable. But still You ask us to love. Fill us with the love You want us to have. Work with us to change our attitudes so that we can see people as You do.

 

Connections to the Heart

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

The little one got a new MP3 player for her birthday.  She is 7 and thinks she’s all grown up now. Her headphones are firmly planted in her ears most of the day.  She dances around the house to music only she can hear. We are breathing sighs of relief.  Sometimes, the constant noise of television, radio, CD players, etc can be overwhelming to us old people. We like silence.

She came to me yesterday with a comment that made me pause and think. She said ‘sometimes my songs connect to my heart.’ It occurs to me that it might be a good idea to stop and listen with her to the music she loves.

What ‘connects to her heart’ is going to shape her attitude and behavior.

As parents and grandparents, it’s important that we know what they listen to and connect with. We need to instill in our children the love of good music. The kind that lifts them up spiritually, that improves their attitudes, and teaches them to build bridges of love with their family and friends.  There is too much music in this world that can turn them away from what is good.  I want to be careful about what she sings.  I want to know the songs she loves and hear from her what the songs are saying to her when they connect to her heart.  I hope you’re listening to your little ones as well.

 

May 7 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

I know the world isn’t fair, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor?
Bill Watterson

 

I’ve told my granddaughter a hundred times that life isn’t fair.  Every time the neighbor girl gets a new bike and she doesn’t, life isn’t fair.  Get used to it.  When the Little Guy gets to stay up late and she doesn’t, life isn’t fair.  Get used to it.  It occurs to me I might be teaching her to have a negative outlook on life.  If you really stop to look at it, life has been unfair in her favor.  She had a new bike several months before the neighbor girl.  The Little Guy has been running a fever all day.  He needs to stay up and be rocked by Grandma.  She’s been perfectly healthy, playing outside all day with friends and dancing to her new favorite music.  All that activity has made her tired and in need of rest.  The fact is that life isn’t always fair but, if we stop to look, life has been unfair in our favor a lot.  We just need to adjust our focus.

May 27 Quote of the Day`

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

Competitions can’t be won by everyone.  Those who do win are the ones who lost and learned why they lost so that the next time they would win.

It works with us in individual endeavors as well.  Learning to ride a bike can be painful. But each time you come back for another try, you typically use what you have learned the previous ride to keep from falling.  If, instead of coming back and trying again, you say ‘I’ll never get this right so I’m just going to quit’, then you  never  will learn to ride that bike.  Pay attention to how you think when working toward a goal.  Know that, each time you fail, you gain a little expertise.  The old ‘practice makes perfect’ applies here.   You can and will finally succeed if you keep getting up and trying again.

 

April 17 Daily Verse

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Titus 3:1-2

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

Lord, these direction You give us in how to live our lives can only bring us good. Help us to work toward a more perfect life. Remind us even in the little things to obey our rulers. Caution us to guard our tongues and control our attitudes for in doing so, we bring honor to You.

April 13 Quote of the Day

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
Napoleon Hill

This is a concept that has been around for thousands of years and yet is still one that we need to remind ourselves of daily. What we allow ourselves to think influences who we are, what we do and how we feel. Control of your thoughts is as important as anything else you do – maybe even the most important thing you will do today.

April 10 Daily Verse

Monday, April 9th, 2012

1 Corinthians 15:23

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

Father, we work hard to be careful of the people we allow our children to play with but we sometimes forget that this principle applies to us as well. Help us find people who display your attitudes and obey your laws to call our very good friends.

March 20 Daily Quote

Monday, March 19th, 2012

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could look at each problem that comes our way as both a danger and an opportunity. If we cautiously approach each ‘crisis’ in life with all the accumulated knowledge of our past, we can find that these so-called ‘crisis’ are, in fact, opportunities for advancement or improvement in our lives.

March 5 Daily Verse

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Matthew 22: 35-40

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind‘. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself‘. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Father, Your Son has taught us that the greatest, most important thing that we can do is love. Sometimes we forget that. Help us to learn to first love You. And then give Your love to us so that we can pass it on to our neighbor; and to the guy in the car next to us in rush hour traffic; and to our co-workers; and to everyone we come in contact with today. May we choose to love even when it’s not easy.