Monday, August 29, 2011

Change Your Attitude With the ABC's

A friend said, "Mary, I've just been in the dumps lately, thinking about being single, wishing I were married, feeling lonely, feeling sorry for myself. What do I do?" Maybe the answer I gave her will be helpful to you, too.

I simply said, "Linda, start praising God." She knew the principle but had just forgotten to practice it.

The next week she told me, "I went home and started praising God for all his goodness to me and in short order, my spirits were lifted, the self-pity was gone, and I was able to truly be thankful for who I am and what I have."

Praising God changes us. Maybe you know the principle, too, but you just haven't practiced it lately. This is not something we learn once and for all. Becoming a person of praise is a daily lesson.

Here's one way I’ve found to get praise started, even when I don’t feel like it: Go through the alphabet thinking of one word per letter that expresses why you should praise God. A—he's almighty, B—he's benevolent, C—He's coming again—and on and on. By the time you get to the end, your attitude will be adjusted; your perspective will be changed.

Please, let me know how it goes for you.

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