The wonderful three-day weekend is now over. It’s “back to the salt mines” for many of us. This term alludes to the Russian practice of punishing prisoners by sending them to work in the salt mines of Siberia. I met a new checker at our local mega store on one of our trips to town while we were out. She was friendly, had a smile on her face and was quick at checking us out. I told her thank you for all three things. She said “oh you know” and began to share how blessed she was at this job rather than her old job. Turns out it was her inner attitude that I liked the best. I’d like to find her to check out next time I go.
Isn’t attitude everything? Even the Apostle Paul wrote about attitude in Philippians. Our attitude can lift us up or bring us down. And it moves on to lifting those around us or bringing them down too.
Oh beloved, God knows your entire situation. He understands that everything isn’t perfect. But He wants you to know that He has placed within you the heart of a warrior who is full of joy! He has given you His Spirit and He infuses strength, wisdom, power and amazing abilities. Among those abilities are optimism – to see things that aren’t perfect for what they are – temporary. He also has given you the blessing of work – whether inside the home or out- so that even folding clothes and washing dishes causes you to embrace instead of regret the work your hands do. Mundane, everyday, routine things become gifts to God as you realize He is with you in all that you do. He says to do everything heartily as unto the Lord – because even the slightest work in His strength brings great reward. You aren’t just some flunky, overlooked and underpaid. You are royalty from the realm of Heaven. Wherever your feet step, in work or play, is territory given to you by the King of Heaven. You may be in the worst situation, but God is able to answer your prayers with something better. While waiting it’s imperative to let Christ shine through your worst. Someone needs to see Jesus and God has placed you as an emissary stationed where you can shine the brightest through it all. Jesus is always lifting you up in prayer to the Father so you can persevere and have continual hope for better things, better places and better outlooks.
Your heart may be low this morning, but God says look up to Me. Your body may be weary as you wake up, but God has indeed given you breath for this day. You may not be looking forward to whatever you face, but you never go it alone! This is your blessing – to be fully engulfed in God’s Presence every single day of your life!
God loves you and He’s for you. Who knows what wonderful things He is preparing for you in this life as you live thoroughly surrendered to him? Run to Him this morning and thank Him for the gift of life and usefulness as you walk in the Light and the Joy of the King, who is blessing you every step of the way.
Philippians 2:5-6 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
Titus 2:14 He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.