It Is Not What Has Been Done To You That Seals The Fate Of Your Life, But How You Respond To Injustice That Determines Your Destiny.
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”
1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
The Hebrew farmer’s preparations did not always go according to plan. Wind, hail, mildew, hot desert winds, or invasion by locusts, cankerworms, and caterpillars may have devastated his crops. When this happened, did that farmer give up and curse God?
When life doesn’t go the way you planned, step back. How can you righteously respond to the situation? Remember, you are in charge of your attitude, so you cannot blame your response on anyone, or anything, but yourself. Understanding why you feel the way you do can relieve a lot of your frustration. Filter your emotions through God’s Word. Find out how Jesus would respond. What would He do in your situation?
Attitude is not based on circumstances or people. It’s all about how we choose to respond! A wife cannot blame her depression on the way her husband treats her. An employee can’t blame his bad attitude on the boss.
When his crops failed, the Hebrew farmer always had another season in which to plant, a divine opportunity to start all over again. There’s always something positive to focus upon – discover it, and you are on your way to a great future!
Father, I thank You that as David encouraged himself in You, so I will encourage myself in You. I understand what has been done to me does not seal the fate of my life; but how I respond to injustice determines my destiny. Therefore I choose to respond with integrity and love.
by DR. Robb Thompson