So as y’all know, my baby was born the other week and thanks to her, I was able to take a week and a half off from work.
A week and a half off of work felt like eternity, but it felt good. I never knew that chasing a two year old around all day was relaxing. I felt refreshed after being off that long but I definitely wasn’t ready to go back to work.
I swung by my job late Saturday night, just to see what I would be walking into on Monday morning. That was not a good decision! We are smack dab in the middle of busy season and you can tell by how full our warehouse is right now. I drove away from the warehouse on Saturday night and I had already started praying, “Lord, help me to have a good attitude on Monday.”
“Lord, help me have a good attitude!”
Attitudedetermines your outlook!
I prayed this little prayer over and over. If there is one thing I work hard on in my life is my attitude, I work at trying to keep my attitude positive and happy on a daily basis and honestly some days I just give up and get irritated and frustrated at the littlest things.
I got to thinking about Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” I got to thinking about that word alway. This word means at all times, on all occasions. The Lord is telling us to rejoice all the time, and not to just rejoice, but to rejoice in Him.
I had two choices walking into work on Monday morning, I could be happy or I could be irritated. I could find joy in my situation or I could find something to complain about.
I honestly tried to find joy throughout the day, I did slip up and get frustrated at one point and than I remembered my prayer!
I rejoiced in the Lord, that I had a job I could go to.
I rejoiced in the Lord that I have the health to be able to work a full-time job.
I rejoiced in the Lord that my job allowed me to take a week and a half off to be home with my newborn baby and my family.
I rejoiced in the Lord that my job has pretty decent benefits.
I rejoiced in the Lord that we are so busy with work that my job isn’t going out of business any time soon.
Yes it was Monday after being off eleven straight days, no I didn’t want to go to work. I could have groaned and complained all day but I tried to keep a good attitude. I found reasons to rejoice in the Lord.
I could go on and on about all the blessings the Lord has given to me that I could rejoice in, because that’s the easy thing to do. Your attitude isn’t determine by how well everything is going for you, it is determined by how much joy you can find in the hard times. The verse says “Rejoice in the Lord.” If we always find joy in the Lord, we will always be able to rejoice, even in the hard times where there really is no joy.
Where is your joy? Is it in the Lord? Or do you have no joy because you are focused on the hard time you are in.
“Lord, help me to have a good attitude. Help me to find joy in the hard times. Help me to ALWAYS rejoice in You.”