Saturday's Realistic Dose......27th November 2010

Getting it Right When Thing Go Wrong- Part - 2

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things."
- Philippians 4:8 (NIV).

It is true that everybody has times when things go wrong.
These times can either make us or break us. The following
steps will help us to benefit and grow through these times.

First, attitude. If we respond to our difficulties positively, 
determined with God's help to overcome them, we will. If we
react negatively with a defeated attitude, we will be defeated.

As Zig Ziglar says in his book, See You at the Top, "Attitude
is much more important than aptitude.... Despite the
overwhelming evidence which supports the importance of the
right mental attitude, our entire educational system from 
kindergarten through graduate school virtually ignores this
vital factor in our life. Ninety percent of our education is
directed at acquiring facts with only 10 percent of our
education aimed at our feelings—or attitudes.

"These figures are truly incredible when we realize that our
thinking brain is only 10 percent as large as our feeling brain.
A study by Harvard University revealed that 85 percent of the
reasons for success, accomplishments, promotions, etc. were
because of our attitudes and only 15 percent because of our
technical expertise."

Ziglar also pointed out that William James, the father of
American psychology, stated that the most important 
discovery of our time is that we can alter our lives by 
altering our attitudes.

Second, Being Realistic. To grow through our problems it is
also critical that we face them realistically.

A doctor friend of mine tells about a family where the mother
broke her arm. The husband and son had to force her to the
doctor and hold her while the doctor put her badly broken
arm in plaster.

"There's nothing wrong with my arm, Doctor. It's perfectly
all right," she insisted.

"I see," said the doctor setting the badly broken arm.
Several weeks later the woman returned to have the cast
removed and the arm was healed.

"There," said the woman, "look at that. I told you there was
nothing wrong with my arm!"

This woman was of a certain religious conviction which led
her to believe that there was never anything wrong with her. 
Fortunately, her family was a little more realistic. We also
need to be realistic about our problems if we are going to
resolve them.

Third, Acceptance. Furthermore, whatever happens to us 
needs to be accepted. It's no use saying, "If only...."

Several years ago a close relative suffered a massive stroke
and was left partially paralyzed. Doctors felt that the stroke
could have been avoided so it was extremely tempting to say,
"If only we would have known."

However, it's useless to say, "If only." The family couldn't
go back and do things differently. We all had to accept the
reality of what had happened, pick up the pieces, and go on.

And as I like to say to my son who is Bi-Polar, "In your
thinking remind yourself that you are living with a
challenge—not a problem." That's something we all need to
do when things go wrong and we are facing difficult times.
We may not be what we think we are, but what we think, we
are—or will become. Our thinking makes it so.

To be Part - 3

Prayer: "Almighty and Everlasting Father, when things go
wrong in my life please help me to have a constructive
attitude, be realistic, and accept what has happened as an 
opportunity for both personal and spiritual growth and
therein become a stronger, healthier person as a result.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully,In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Devotionals Team