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You Can't Stop This!!!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation in which you felt trapped? As you looked to the left, there was nowhere to go. As you looked to the right, there was nowhere to go. As you looked to your front and rear, there was nowhere to go. And as you looked up and down, there was nowhere to go. Life felt like a prison.

For some of us, our prison was the result of a financial situation. There were places we wanted to go, things we wanted to do, people we wanted to see but because of our limited finances, we were unable to do them. As a result, we felt trapped.

For others, our prison was the result of a tumultuous relationship. Our marriage, our business or our ministry was not working out as intended. And while we wanted to move on. For some reason, we did not feel like we could move on. So, we felt trapped.

For still others, our prison was the result of an employment situation. Our job was not fulfilling. There was no room for growth. But since it was paying the bills and we did not have a better alternative, we remained on the job while trying to quench those feelings of entrapment.

It is in times like these when our attitude becomes so important. For our attitude can take a bad situation and make it worst. It can prevent us from seeing any good in our situation. It can prevent us from seeing the exit sign.

God wants to deliver us. So, He has placed an exit sign right above the door. Unfortunately, our attitude is so horrible that we cannot see it. All we see are the bills that are piling up, the pain created by the heated disagreements and the dead-end sign hanging over our desk at work.

But what if we chose to change our attitude about our situation? What if we chose to be optimistic about our situation? What if we chose to look for the life lesson in our situation, learn from it and grow? What if we chose to REACT differently?

Chuck Swindoll put it this way. He said

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I REACT to it.

So here is my question to you, how are you REACTING? Are you reacting with the right attitude? Do you have a “You Can’t Stop This” attitude? Paul refused to allow his imprisonment to stop him from doing that which the Father had called him to do. While chained to a Roman guard, he continued to preach the gospel. (Philippians 1:12) He did not see his imprisonment as a stop sign wrapped in bitterness and regret. He saw it as an opportunity to continue to serve his Lord.

How about you? How are you viewing your inevitable trials and tribulations? Do you see them as a stop sign or an opportunity? Do you have a “You Can’t Stop This” attitude?

 

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