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By Laura Miller

The well-known saying, ‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,’ puts a fun spin on reminding us to keep our attitude joyful on the crummiest of days. It doesn’t take long to notice whether a person is a ‘glass half full or half empty’ type of person, because the way we perceive things carries over into all aspects of our lives. 

It’s hard to keep a positive attitude after an extremely long day at work, or while tackling the never-ending mound of laundry. Perhaps in the middle of trying to figure out what we’re going to make for dinner, one of our kids informs us of a project due tomorrow morning. To cope, we tell ourselves if we can just make it through the day, tomorrow will be better.  Unfortunately, tomorrow brings another round of chaos, and the cycle continues, making it hard to catch our breath.

Finding the silver lining and focusing on the positives in life can be tough. Thankfully, with the help of God’s word, we have the power and discipline to train our minds towards positive thoughts. God’s word provides a great list of positive things to focus on in Philippians 4:8; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.”

Implementing these thoughts into our daily lives can be challenging because it requires re-training.  In Romans 12:2, Paul called it ‘renewing our minds.’ Like any new process, it takes time and practice to renew our minds.  You need to set yourself up for success with a plan.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Find a time of day that works best for your schedule:
    • First thing in the morning
    • In the shower           
    • Driving to/from work
    • Waiting for your kids in the pick-up line
    • During devotions
    • Before bed 
  • Focus your thoughts on truths from the Bible.
  • Document your focus for the week and move on to another focus. Review your progress from time to time.
  • A buddy system with a friend can help hold each other accountable and provide someone to share your progress with.
  • Be intentional in surrounding yourself with God’s word from various sources. 
    • Traditional church services
    • Bible studies/youth groups
    • Websites or apps for the Bible
    • Prayers and devotions with audio options
    • Podcasts or Christian music apps
    • Christian books on CD

Fun fact: If A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on, the word ATTITUDE adds up to 100% because attitude is everything. Lisa TerKeurst best summed up how to keep our attitude positive when she said, “We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” So challenge yourself to meditate on the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable things of life.  As your thoughts focus on these things, you will embrace life with a more positive attitude and be blessed with abundant joy.

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