“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16
I have a friend who moved away some time ago. We still talk on Facebook, but I have not seen her in years. I was so shocked and truly heartbroken when she told me she and her husband were moving to another state. I knew I would miss her terribly! Something she said when she told me about the big move has stuck with me all these years. She said, “Juliana, it isn’t where your house is, it is where your heart is that is home!” She went on to tell me she could be happy anywhere, because her family was her heart and where they were it was home! What a great attitude! To this day, she is still moving and her husband is still climbing the corporate ladder! She loves every state she has lived in and I think the people in the towns she has lived in have been blessed to have her!
I know of a young woman who left home to move to another state to go to school. She had a marvelous opportunity to begin her life anew. She had made wrong friends in her hometown and had gotten away from God. She returned to serving the Lord and when she did He opened a wonderful door for her to have a new life and be totally free of the old one that almost destroyed her. The first year she was away, she did very well. She had a roommate in college that she liked and got along very well with. Blessings were pouring in on her emotionally, spiritually, and financially! She was growing in God in leaps and bounds!
The second year of school started and a new roommate came to live with her. This roommate was not mature, she had a shady past and had really only come to the college (which was a Christian one) because her parents were desperate for a move of God in her life! This young lady wanted only one thing and that was to get away from home and this was her avenue of doing it. She broke all the house rules and the young lady that was growing in Christ the year before began to become extremely peeved and perturbed with the new roommate! I do not blame her, but instead of taking the attitude, “I cannot control her but I can control my attitude”, she let every little thing this girl did get under her skin and needle away at her! Because of that, this young lady did not attain all that God had planned for her. She did graduate, but in the end her attitude was not as excellent as it was when God was her focus. Time will tell if she will let that experience grow her or if she will always be a baby Christian and only allow God to mature her so far, or allow Him to change her attitude to the point she can be truly effective!
We will not always be exactly where we want to be or with the people we want to be with. Paul had to choose to be happy when he was shipwrecked, snake bit, and imprisoned for the cause of Jesus Christ. He could have decided he didn’t deserve what was happening, hated his circumstances, and pouted and turned from what God had called him to do to live a life of mediocrity and comfort, Instead, we see Paul over and over, praising God, writing letters under the anointing of the Holy Ghost while in stocks and chains! Those letters would eventually become three-fourths of the New Testament!
It isn’t where you live, the house you live in, the people of your town or your workplace that makes you happy, joyful, or peaceful. It is the attitude you choose to take where you are while you are there! Our verse says to live in harmony and be readily adjustable to PEOPLE AND THINGS! A little tweaking goes a long way in the spirit! Where God has us, although it may not be ideal to us, He has us there to affect the environment and the people around us, not the other way around. Just like my friend, where my Heavenly Father is, it is home! Why? Because, He is the one I love most and cannot in any degree do without! I can adjust my attitude to people and things, because He is there to empower me to do it!
Don’t miss your blessing or being a blessing to others, my dear reader! Your decision to have the mind and nature of Christ abounding in you will affect those around you! You may not see it right away, but the word does not lie and it will come! I love the saying Joyce Meyer says, “Your attitude determines your ALTITUDE!” Let us not be our own downfall! Remember, attitude is everything!!
Thank you, my precious reader, for stopping by! I appreciate you so very much!! Have a blessed day, and may promotion come to you in all that you do!