Philippians 4:4-13

It Does Make a Difference

Attitude is your plan and blueprint for today.  It answers the question how will you choose to respond to everything and everyone that encounters your life today.  Attitude is seen in your responses, expressions on your face, tone of the words spoken, and every detail of life.  Attitude affects everything and everyone that enters one's life each day.  Remember, attitude is a choice that comes from thoughts.  It must be protected on a moment-by-moment basis.  Attitude is changeable and is affected by fear, anger, questions, problems, and words.

Attitude is the outward expression of inner thoughts and is unhealthy when cluttered with wrong ideas.  What you feed your mind comes out in words, ideas, and demeanor.

So feed your mind right thoughts (I Thessalonians 5:18, Philippians 4:4-13, Proverbs 3:5-6).  You may not be able to change what is happening to you but you can change how you are responding to what is happening.

Rejoicing in the Lord

One of the most significant things the believer can do each day is to “rejoice in the Lord.”  These children in Myanmar certainly have many problems and challenges, but they have chosen to focus on rejoicing in the Lord.

Isn’t it strange that we often can only see the problems and difficulties?  Our focus easily drifts to the challenges of life and the many things that we do not possess.  When this happens, our attitude becomes sorrowful and self-centered.  Instead of our life being a “stream of living water” (John 7:38), our life is a fountain of complaining, frustration, anger, and depression.  Quite the opposite of what we read in Philippians 4.

Yes we do have difficulties, but nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39), and we need to change our focus or thoughts to the blessings and presence of God in our life. (Philippians 4:8)

Rejoicing in the Lord is a discipline of the mind/heart.  We should “count our blessings” and see the goodness and power of God in our life and keep our heart and mind focused on the promises and presence of God. 

Rejoicing in the Lord does not ignore problems and difficulties but opens the door of God’s grace and power in our life.  (II Corinthians 12:9)