Your ability to succeed in life often comes down to a single choice: how you react to what has been done to you in the past, or is being done to you right now. Dr. Viktor Frankl endured the Holocaust by this principle. The Nazis killed his family, placed him in a concentration camp, starved and beat him. When the war ended Frankl was neither broken, bent nor bitter. When asked how he endured such treatment with a positive outlook he said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Ground Zero is a massive canyon where the Twin Towers once stood. Three thousand people died there. And how did New Yorkers choose to respond? A sign at the edge of Ground Zero proclaims, “The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart.” That’s an attitude terrorists will never conquer. And it’s the attitude God’s Word calls us to adopt: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report – meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV).
Every day you choose the clothes you wear, the food you eat, and the attitude you adopt. And there are only two kinds of attitudes – good ones and bad ones. A good attitude is the one the Psalmist adopted when he woke up each morning: “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24 NKJV). Make that your attitude too!
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