Saturday, October 4, 2014

Believe You Can Change or Believe You're Dead

No one has been given an unalterable attitude. You can change, but it's up to you. Decide now how you want to approach life and develop that kind of attitude. A new attitude doesn't happen on its own. You must develop it, and the sooner you begin the better.

Some people hide behind the excuse that they just can't change: "I've been this way since I was a kid, and I'm not about to change now." It's never too late to change! Change is indespensable to growth. If you stop changing, you stop growing. And if you stop growing, you're in trouble! What do you call a tree that has stopped growing? That's right. Dead. It's no different with people. When they stop growing, they start dying.

Some people stopped growing years ago. We might not bury them until they have stopped moving, but they really died years ago.

You can change your attitude.

Thank goodness for one church secretary who was willing to change hers. One morning, a big Texan wearing a 10-gallon hat sauntered into the church office and sidled up to the counter. "I came in to talk with the head pig of this church," he confidently drawled with a heavy accent.

"The head...what?" the shocked secretary replied.

"The head pig. Ya know, the one who blabs on and on every Sunday morning. Just wanted to talk with him before Ihead back to the ranch," the Texan continued, drawing out each syllable along the way.

Aghast at his irreverence, the prim and proper secretary straightened herself in her chair. With a voice resembling a grade-school teacher reprimanding a student, she retorted, "Now listen here. We don't use such terms of disrespect in this office. We call him "Reverend" or "Pastor", but never anything less!"

"Well," the man drawled, "I never meant to disrespect ma'am. I just sold a bunch of my stock and heard the good Lord tell me to donate a million dollars. Thought I'd like to do that here."

With a new sparkle in her voice, she quickly responded, "Wait right here, I'll go get the hog!"

A famous inventor said, "The world hates change, yet is is the only thing that has brought progres." How open to change are you? When we refuse to change and resist God's leading, life can become pretty miserable! Nevertheless, many times we won't change until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of changing..

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

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