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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No "Stinkin' Thinkin'"; Joyful Thoughts Instead!

                        Have you had your Joy Juice today?  If you’re not in the habit of finding the joy of the Lord in each new day, start now! It is a healthy habit and may change your whole attitude!

            Most of us will admit that at times, we need an attitude adjustment. When I taught school, I used the ‘Zig Ziglar term’ when referring to a negative attitude: “STINKIN’ THINKIN’!”  As the New Year begins, why don’t we examine our thought process and see if we can pin-point the attitudes that need some change.  Let’s ask God to show us our flaws, our weaknesses and the stinkin’ thinkin’ that is stealing our joy…as well as causing others headaches!

            Ephesians 4:22-24 gives us direction: 

22” You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

            Let me see if I can paraphrase that in today’s terms…

We all have a past…that’s our “old self”.  In that old life, we gave in to sinful, deceitful desires…which led to wrong choices. But now, we know Jesus Christ; and He wants to make us new---give us new thoughts, new attitudes, new love for others.  May we be willing to relinquish control of our lives to Him so that we can truly “put on the new self” that makes us more Christ-like---righteous and holy…not in our own strength but through relationship in Him. 

            May 2017 be the year for putting behind old attitudes and allowing God to make us new creatures of JOY in Him.

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