Having An Attitude of Gratitude - Part 1

November 6, 2015, 12:00 am


What Is A Great Way To Begin The Day?

Several years ago I heard John Maxwell deliver a sermon on the topic of attitude. He shared a story from the life of author and motivational speaker, Zig Zigler. Here is a condensed version of that story. When Zig Zigler was a child, his mother would come into his room and wake him up by saying, “Wake up, Zig, it is going to be a great day.” One morning, Zig decided that he had had enough of his mom’s positive attitude so when she walked in with her usual, “Wake up, Zig, it is going to be a great day”,  he responded by saying, “No, mom, it isn’t going to be a great day.”

His mom responded by saying,  “You are right, Zig, it isn’t going to be a great day.” She told him to stay in bed. He laid there thinking how wonderful it was that he got to stay in bed. After a few hours, he decided that it was time to get up and have breakfast.

When Zig walked out of his bedroom, his mother immediately told him to go back into his room. He tried explaining to her that he wanted to eat his breakfast. She told him that since it wasn’t a good day he wouldn’t get any breakfast. He didn’t get any lunch or supper either. He had to stay in his room the entire day. As he himself predicted, it wasn’t a very good day.

The next morning, when Zig’s mother came into his room and said “Wake up, Zig, it is going to be a great day”, Zig immediately got out of bed and said, “You’re right, mom, it is going to be a great day!”  The fitting title of John Maxwell’s sermon was Make Up Your Bed Before You Make Up Your Mind. 

This story is a great illustration of how our attitude in the morning can set the stage for how we will respond to the rest of the day.  Imagine how it might impact our day if, when we woke up in the morning, we started to focus on positive thoughts.  A verse in the Bible that helps me get into a more positive frame of my mind in the morning is found in Psalm 118:24. It says: This is the day that the Lord has made let us be glad and rejoice in it.”

Reading and meditating on these words is a great way to begin the day. Imagine waking up on Monday morning and reading this verse, then repeating it as you go through the day. It will have a huge impact on your attitude. You may even find that you look forward to going to work on Mondays.

I want to challenge you to begin your day with an attitude of gratitude. First thing in the morning, think about the things you have to be thankful for.  Talk to next week.

Tom

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