(The music of) life is both in our control and outta our control…simultaneously plays on and on and on…
A Bible proverb states: “If you become discouraged in times of trouble, your strength will be meager.” (Proverbs 24:10, footnote) The implication is clear: Attitude makes a difference. People who succumb to negativity relinquish the little control they still have, while those with a positive mind-set often summon the strength to put themselves back in the driver’s seat.
HAS your life been taken over by a chronic illness? a divorce? the loss of a loved one? When confronted with unchangeable circumstances, you may feel unable to do anything but wish your situation would change. How can you regain control of your life?
- Focus on what you can control. For example, you may not have full control over your health, but can you exercise, eat healthful food, and get sufficient rest?
- Clarify what you would like to accomplish in life. Break it down into small steps. Try to spend at least a little time each day working toward your goals.
- Do tasks, even small ones, that give you a sense of control. Clean the kitchen table, and wash the dishes. Dress neatly. Do the most important tasks first thing in the morning.
- Look at the possible benefits of your circumstances. For example, does your situation give you greater insight into ways of coping with difficulties? Can you use this insight to help others? (excerpted AWAKE! July 2015)
“I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.”—Paul’s words at Philippians 4:11, footnote
If you are in limited circumstances, be on guard against becoming resentful, even filled with bitterness and envy. On the other hand, whatever material possessions you may have, it would be wise to assign them a proper place in life so that they do not become a master over you. As the apostle Paul admonished, by all means rest your hope, “not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment.” If you do that, then you too can say that you have learned the secret of self-sufficiency.—1 Timothy 6:17-19. (excerpted: Learning the Secret of Self-Sufficiency W03)
(Who’s Your Master?)
SOS aka Same Old Stuff..(help is (also) self-sufficiency/contentment)
“I have learned, in whatever circumstances I am, to be self-sufficient. . . . In everything and in all circumstances I have learned the secret of both how to be full and how to hunger, both how to have an abundance and how to suffer want.”—Philippians 4:11, 12.
(me? hungry & full/fat mind & skinny body;)
(published 5/4/15 @ 2:18 p.m.)