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One Moment

While walking through the parking lot near Starbucks the other day I had one of those “moments”. I had picked up a healthy lunch and was heading to my vehicle and was enjoying the aroma of the local coffee house. Since I had parked a good distance, I had the opportunity to enjoy the scent of the latest brews of coffee from said shop for about a minute. The only thing is that at the end of my journey through the lot someone had another scent that was super strong and irritating to my olfactory senses. It totally overpowered the previous enjoyable experience almost to the point of ruining my attitude. My thoughts were drawn of course to the spiritual application for my life. We have the choice to react in a number of different ways to these “one moments”. Whether is adjusting to an unpleasant smell or a big change in our circumstances, we all have a choice. I believe it is Chuck Swindoll who stated, “Life is about 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it.

The full quote from C. Swindoll goes like this:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”

We read in Ephesians 4, “…As the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:21b-24

Asking God to help me act & not react,

Pastor Larry

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