Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For May 12th

Happy Friday, Team!


Happy month of May! Is it just me, or has this year flown by? January was just a few days ago, but it’s been months. I think it’s true when older folks used to say, “The older you get, the time seems to fly by faster than when you’re young.” I am a living witness that this statement is true.


The nice thing about this time of year is that the beautiful flowers are in bloom, it’s a little warmer outside, and people seem to be in a good mood because the weather is cooperating. But, speaking of good spirits, are you having more good days than bad? I hope so. But even if you are not, remember, attitude is everything.


Back in the day, I remember constantly sharing a popular writing by Pastor and author Charles Swindoll. Let me share what he said, and I bet you will agree that it is as relevant today as it was 10 or 15 years ago.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”


Some people approach life with an optimistic attitude; they face challenges with a “glass half full” perspective. And then there are others. I am sure someone comes to mind when you think about a person who is forever a pessimist. They approach every situation with a “glass half empty” attitude. Have you ever thought about which of these you are? I always try to look at challenges as opportunities, and I believe nothing is impossible with God. If you don’t believe me, look at Jeremiah 32:27, “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” See what I mean?


I hope you face your challenges with a Can Do attitude. If you are naturally pessimistic, try optimism. Everything will look different. I promise.

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