Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 06/13/2024

Your attitude is one of the only aspects of your life that is always completely under your control. Situations and circumstances may impact your life from an outside source but your attitude about how you will respond is completely under your control. Your attitude is not just a reactionary response but it also plays a large part in the way you face whatever is ahead of you. Just changing one word creates a completely different attitude in regard to what is in front of you. Imagine how vastly different your perspective of an upcoming perceived challenging situation would be if you changed “I have to” with “I get to.” We often state the words “I have to” in front of a task or an upcoming duty – “I have to” mow the grass; “I have to” do the laundry; “I have to” cook supper; “I have to” wash the car; “I have to” go to work (etc.) What if those same chores were viewed through the lens of “I get to” … Your immediate response may be, “That doesn’t help at all!”  But if you can connect “I get to” with the underlying thought behind the words it really can change your attitude of what lies ahead of you. Consider the ramifications of the examples already given: “I get to” mow the grass (Hooray!) but in actuality you are claiming the blessing of owning a home with a yard. “I get to” do the laundry claims the blessing of having clothing to wear. “I get to” cook supper claims the blessing of have food to eat. “I get to” wash the car claims the blessing of owning a car. “I get to” go to work claims the blessing of a job. Many people would dearly love to “get to” go/do a myriad of things we consider chores, that they would consider blessings. We are such a blessed people taking our blessing for granted, looking at the result of our blessings as tasks to be completed instead of viewing them as opportunities that have risen out of our blessings.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you reconsider what is ahead of you as the result of a blessing – “I get to…” instead of a chore “I have to…” How God’s heart must ache as we complain about the blessings, He has bestowed upon us that we turn into negative responses to the blessings given. May we claim our blessings with the attitude of “I get to…”  act on the blessings in my life with an attitude of gratitude not an obligation to be fulfilled.   Enjoy your blessings…!

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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