Attitude is Everything- Keith Harrell
I’m a firm believer in how a man’s attitude can determine his altitude in life.
However, Attitude in itself is not the root issue, Perspective is. A man’s perspective determines his attitude. How you see life is how you respond/react to it.
In recent times, I’ve observed something about naturally optimistic people. Most of them have a buoyant perspective about life. Their minds are filled with an abundance of the riches and goodness of everything God has provided- wealth, health, relationships etc
They often sing, dance and laugh without excuses. Simple things make them glad. Victories both great and small, Achievements whether major or minor, are usually accompanied with celebrations. They go with the MANTRA- There’s always a Reason to be HAPPY.
While to a large extent, happiness depends on the happenings around us; The choice to be happy eventually lies with an individual. But there’s something even more breathtaking that a man can possess-it’s known as JOY. While anyone can be happy at any point in time, Joy is exclusive to we children of God because it’s a fruit of the Holyspirit (Galatians 5:22).
I’ll highlight three basic concepts that define/differentiate both:
- Happiness is an Emotional response while Joy is a Spiritual Manifestation.
- Happiness may be superficial and fleeting but Joy is deep and lasting.
- Sadness is the opposite of Happiness as Sorrow is the opposite of Joy.
God’s presence always exudes overflowing Joy. Releasing ourselves to partake of that Joy is where we often falter. As seen in John 16:24 and other passages, Jesus was particular about us having an Abundance (Fullness) of JOY.
When next we ask why we should rejoice when things around us don’t make sense, I want us to remember that our Joy is not dependent on mere happenings. The indwelling spirit of God continually floods us with Joy. It’s left for us to tune in.
My challenge to us, is to cultivate the habit of rejoicing, inspite of and despite the unpalatable situations that will come our way. Let the joy of God spur us to always be of Good CHEER. Since Joy cannot be masked, what better way is there to reproduce our inner Joy, on the outside than by: Singing, Laughing and Dancing! That way, no one can miss the evidence. Before long, people would ask you for the source of your joy, and you can tell them about Christ.
There’s a secret about rejoicing, it’s a catalyst for the influx of more blessings. Joyful People are thankful because they acknowledge not just what they have received, but what is yet to come. In that way, their Joy tank is always full.
Our Perspective in Life should shift from that of defeat to a deep sense of Gratitude. Gratitude itself is an Attitude, and since Attitude determines our choices, we should deliberately choose JOY over and over again, then express it through our Singing, Laughing and Dancing!
Thank you for reading!