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!