Making the Best of a Situation

Making The Best Of A Situation

Today I left work a little early to get home in time for a Christmas party. Well, so did everyone else in the city. What normally is a 20-25 minute drive home was a 45 minute drive. It took me 10 minutes to go a quarter mile merging onto the Interstate.

I started to get upset and stressed but nice Christmas carols were playing on the radio, and I realized I had a choice. I could become stressed out over the situation, one that I could not change, or I could enjoy the extra time I now had to listen to Christmas carols.

Knowing that stressing out would have no effect whatsoever on the traffic, I chose to relax and enjoy the carols. My ride home was pleasant. I waved at people as they let me merge in. I was tempted to keep others from merging in front of me, but I remembered that they are probably trying to get home too. I let a guy cut in front of me and he waved. What a nice gesture.

Instead of arriving home stressed and up tight, I arrived home in a good mood.

Everyday we are faced with similar situations. We are faced with a situation that is generally not in our control and we have to choose how we are going to react. Unfortunately, many times we react in a negative fashion, getting angry and then passing that anger onto another.

Are you a victim?

How we enjoy life largely depends on our choices and how we view situations. If you view that you are in control of you, your attitude and your response to others, you can have a good attitude. But, if you CHOOSE to let the circumstances get you angry, upset and then spew your anger to others, then you are probably not enjoying this Christmas season, or life in general.

Not everything is going to go "our way." The attitude you choose to have in facing that fact will determine your contentment, peace of mind and also your relationships with others.

Negative thinking is a habit.

Many people have so often chosen to have negative reactions that they know no other way to respond. They are bitter people and consider themselves victims of life. They don't have to be but their mind is made up.

Positive thinking is a habit.

The good news is that a mind can be "un-made." Every day you and I have a choice in how we are going to respond to situations, whether good or bad. What is interesting is our attitude actually determines many times whether something that happens is good or bad.

If you want to be content and enjoy life, change your attitude. Change it through positive affirmations, prayer, and scripture memory. Get an accountability partner. Post positive statements on your mirror or in your car. Record yourself saying positive things and play back those recordings. (That sounds funny but it works.)


Philippians 4: 11-13

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

The Apostle Paul shares two facts about contentment: 1) it must be learned. It is not natural to be content. It must be practiced. 2) Through Christ he learned contentment. It is not easy, generally impossible to be completely content under your own power.

This Christmas season ask God to help you be content in what you have and in the relationships that you have. Ask God to give you the attitude of contentment.

Merry Christmas!


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