Monday, June 14, 2010

Attitude Check!

Okay, this must be the Monday because so far things haven't gone according to my plan.  But I still feel lucky.

I got up, got ready for work.  Since this is VBS, I will be gone for about 14 1/2 hours a day for the first four days this week.  So I packed a bag with my clothes in it, gathered up some extra stuff and went out to the car.  Where are my keys?  Hmm.  I haven't seen them since sometime yesterday.  Wait, Allie and Austin had my keys and last night they said something about where they put them.  Hmmm.

Well, nope, I don't know where they are, so I take the spare key.  I start to work late and as I am heading toward the highway, I hear on the radio that there is an accident at my entrance/exit area.  Sigh.  So as I drive over the freeway, traffic is back up and no one is getting on.  All those cars are just sitting there.  Luckily, I know my way around pretty good and I maneuver my way around town to get farther south to get on the highway.  It's an extra five to ten minutes, but it's better than sitting in traffic.

So as I sit at a light on the highway, I call work and tell them to expect me late.  I jump on the road and dash down towards my destination.  I make good time because no one is coming south.  I make it give or take 5 minutes. 

I walking in to the first floor of our seven story building to find out that the elevators are not working.  Okay, not biggie, I'm on the third floor.  So I walked up the 36 stairs.  I get there.  Then I am informed and feel for myself that the air conditioning is off too.  Great!

So my day was starting out bad, but i could have made it worse by posting an attitude of grumpiness, and just plain meanness.  But I haven't.  I like Paul.  He had troubles all around him, done to him, and yet he could still pen these words.

Philippians 4: 11-13
  Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I could have woke Allie up screaming for her to find my car keys.  But all that would resolve was that she would be in a bad mood, I would be in a bad mood and who wants that? 
I could have sat in traffic and grumbled about not getting to work on time.   But, then I think of those who a) where in the accident and b)do not have a car at all.  I'm not in that kind of attitude.

I could have been mad that the elevators were not working.  I've been trying to go and down the stairs more anyway, so I just started my day off with that.

I could complain that it's too hot in my office, but the guys and gals in the back have it worse. 

So instead, I thank God that I had a car, wasn't in an accident, could walk up the stairs and hey, I've been hotter.  I drank water instead of my cappuccino I usually fix. I kept my attitude in check and feel more at peace today.
And finally the air is back on.  Praise God!


  1. choose to be happy and in the process learn to be content. :) i definitely need this lesson!!

  2. Great attitude! Sometimes He can really try your patience. You passed the test.