In HIS Presence


Read: John 16:31-33
Meditation verse
“Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23)

Two little girls went to the beach with their parents and whilst playing by the shore, a huge wave arose in front of them. The first child screamed in horror, ‘I can’t believe our parents brought us here to die’, and frantically tried to get away from the wave as fast as she could. The second child screamed in delight “I can’t believe it took our parents this long to bring us here”, running excitedly towards the wave. How do you explain the different reactions to the same event? ATTITUDE. The first child perceived the wave as a threat, the other saw it as fun. The same event resulted in opposite reactions, based on two different attitudes and thoughts around what had occurred.

Your attitude towards the things that happen to you in life is extremely important, as it will determine your outcomes. You may not be able to control some of your life events, as life can happen any time. Businesses may fail, relationships may fail, people may be nasty to you, there will be times when you experience lack. As long as you are alive, changes can occur, but you can control your attitude and reaction to the things that happen to you. And your attitude and reaction to it will determine the action you take which will determine the outcome or result you get. Therefore, if you want to change your outcomes in life for the better, you will need to change your attitude.

You need to understand the following:
You have little or no control over what life throws at you, but you can control your attitude and thoughts towards them and by extension control your life’s outcomes. As you live your life daily, remember that nothing means anything except the meaning you give to it and the meaning you give to it is not the only meaning. There are always several perspectives to every event. The glass can either be half empty or half full. Jesus told His disciples to be of good cheer as they live in the world; that speaks of having a positive attitude, irrespective of what is going on around you. Choose to see your adversities as opportunities for growth. Choose to see your glass as half full, rather than half empty.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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