Daily Devotional – 10/27/11 “What’s your attitude?”

While having a conversation with my teenager on last night, I tried to explain to her that not everything she wants will always be within her grasp.  I had to tell, this child that because you expect things to happen doesn’t necessarily mean they will.  Then I thought about the different attitudes of folk.  Some of us have an expectancy attitude, some a wishful or a hopeful attitude, some an don’t care attitude and others a grateful attitude.

See, she has an attitude of expectancy which will get her nowhere, no time soon.  She is like some people who expect things to be handed to them without working for it.  It is like praying for God to change you but you’re not willing to help.  You say “Lord, can you please change my smoking habit because it’s killing me” but instead of you putting the cigarette down you EXPECT God to come down and snatch it from your lips.  Chile please!  In order for the taste of nicotine to be taken from your mouth you have to work towards it and the first step is throwing it away.  If you expect things to go your way all the time, you will constantly be disappointed.  I don’t know if Momma ever told you but the world isn’t yours and you can’t always have it your way.  You expect God to pay your bills when they’re due but you don’t pay tithes and you blow every dime you get.  You expect folk to jump when you call but you can’t be depended on if your life depended on it.  You expect momma to always be there to bail you out but what will you do when she is gone?  When you’re expecting a baby, nine months later he or she is born the expectancy is gone so what makes you think you can continue to expect things to go your way without it coming to an end?  Expectancy leads to hurt, hurt leads to hate and hate leads to hell.  Is this your path?

Maybe it’s not.  Maybe you have a wishful attitude.  “I wish the Lord would bless me with a new car.”  “I wish I didn’t have to go to work.”  “I wish folk would stop talking about me.”  Wish means a hope or desire for something and hope is defined as the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.   It is the feeling that whatever you want can be had or that everything will turn out for the best.  It’s like someone being in a car accident and instead of praying for healing you hope or wish for it, “I wish God will send a healing.”  You are hoping that God will show up but you haven’t called him.  You are hoping that healing will come, but you haven’t asked for it.  But Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Take for an example, you are hungry and you have no money.  You sit at home saying “I shoal wish someone will bring me a sandwich,” you are hoping that someone will.  But if you prayed with faith that God would do what he said he would, he’d send a neighbor by with some leftovers or a friend to call inviting you to dinner.  What are you wishing for when God promised in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you?”  What are you hoping for when God promised in Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer?”  Wishing leads to disappointments, disappointments lead to deceit and deceit leads to hell.  Is this your path?

Maybe it’s not.  Maybe you have a don’t care attitude.  You don’t care what folk say about you, you don’t care what they cost, you don’t care how they feel and you don’t care when folk walk away.  But in actuality you do.  You care what folk say but you don’t show it so you go home and cry yourself to sleep.  You do care about the cost of this and that but you’ve got to keep up with the world so you’re spending yourself into debt.  You do care about folk’s feelings but you have to stay “hard” so you speak without thinking and then regret it later.  You do care when folk walk away but instead of admitting your wrong, you let them leave and then wonder why you have no friends.  Bay-beh, that don’t care attitude will leave you with a lot of restless nights.  Keep acting like you don’t need nobody and you don’t care about nobody, you’ll eventually have nobody.  Every time your daughter comes to you to talk, you have to holler and scream until she is in tears, not taking the time to hear what she has to say because you don’t care about anybody’s feelings and then you wonder why she is pregnant at 14 or not talking to you anymore.  You cut your spouse down with your harsh tongue and then why wonder why they found comfort with somebody else who knows what to say and how to say it.  You wonder why folk don’t call you or come around you anymore but that don’t care attitude has ruined all your relationships. The bible states in Ephesians 5:2 “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”  You not caring leads to carelessness, carelessness leads to condemnation and condemnation leads you to hell.  Is this your path?

Maybe it’s not.  Maybe you have a grateful attitude.  If you don’t you should. You should be grateful for the blessings that God gives every day.  When you had a place to sleep last night and woke up this morning, that’s a blessing.  When you saw your family rise, you were in your right mind; you had food and an appetite – that’s a blessing.  The car you drive, the job you have, the friends that call – all blessings! These are still not enough?  When man said cancer, God covered you through chemo, surgery and radiation and all you lost was hair – a blessing!  When man said cancer free – a blessing!  When folk said you wouldn’t be nothing and now you’re a college graduate with a career paying six figures – that’s a blessing!  You’re still not convinced?  How about you still got momma, daddy and all your brothers & sisters, you still make it even though your money ran out 3 days before you get paid or your gas light was on but you made it home.  Isn’t that enough to make you grateful?  See, God didn’t have to do it but he did.  Every morning we wake up God sends new mercies our way to protect us from the dangers of this world, from the hate people have because of how you look, from the lies people tell, from the obstacles placed in our path, from falling into the ditches that have been dug for us and from the death that is spoken over our lives!  If you don’t believe me, read Psalm 27:5 that states “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock,” or Psalm 31:20 that says “You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.”  Isn’t that good news?  Doesn’t it make you grateful to know that even though we sometimes forget God, he doesn’t forget us? Aren’t you grateful that because we have been dragged from pillar to post, we don’t look like?  Aren’t you grateful that even though we have sometimes faith, God got all time blessings?  Doesn’t it make you grateful that even though you don’t always do right, God is still here?  When your way is dark he sends light, when you fall he sends strength to get up and when you get knocked down it doesn’t knock you out.  Isn’t that enough?

You should be grateful!  Being grateful leads to giving, giving leads to grace and grace leads you to Heaven! Is this your path?  If it isn’t you may want to change tour guides.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 10/27/11 “What’s your attitude?”

  1. I was truly blesed by this,. May God bless and keep you. Keep on inspiring, you are making a differance.

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