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In life, I think we have all experienced situations where we were going to have to do something, whether we wanted to or not.  For the young child, it might be cleaning his or her room.  For the teenager, it might be babysitting a younger sibling, and for an adult, the list can become endless, right?! But for those times in life when we are faced with a task that we don’t necessarily desire to do, we should take on the attitude of Paul as he put it so simply in Philippians: “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  It’s all about attitude.  There are things that we must do-duty demands it.  But we choose how we respond.  Proverbs teaches us that a “merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Prov. 15:13).  Sometimes in our spiritual walk, there are stumbling blocks in our path.  We can choose to make those stumbling blocks stepping stones, and rise above our situation.  There are Christians that are so joyful in their countenance and  attitudes, you have to wonder if they ever have a bad day.  On the other hand, there are Christians that find themselves always robbed of God’s goodness, either through attitude or circumstances.  There is a victorious Christian life to be lived, even though our paths may not always be what we would choose or what we would want for ourselves.  Just for today, I will examine the things in life that aren’t necessarily pleasant and find the positive in them.  It could be that they are there to simply make me stronger.

Scripture Focus: Deuteronomy 25-28  Deut. 28:47-48

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